Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 (Budapest Qt.)

Another gem from the 1935 incarnation of the Budapest Quartet this week, recorded at the same sessions that produced this Mendelssohn recording I uploaded some weeks ago.  This is not one of the works that made it into the Odyssey LP boxes that were discussed in comments to that post, though it did make it into a Biddulph CD set of the Budapest Quartet's Brahms recordings that appeared about 20 years ago - which, I imagine, is long out-of-print as well.

Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
The Budapest String Quartet (Roisman-Schneider-Ipolyi-Schneider)
Recorded April 30 and May 1, 1935
Victor Musical Masterpiece set M-278, four 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 85.53 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 49.35 MB)


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  2. great work well done. thanks a lot!
    have you in your collection another Budapestians masterpiece also with Ipolyi playing the viola (i mean Grieg's Quartet)?
    thanks again.

  3. Oh, goody, I do love Brahms's quartets! Yes, the HMV pressing was in that Biddulph set but it's always good to have new transfers, and from Victor pressings too - thanks so much! Best wishes, Nick

  4. thank you, looking forward to this. i enjoyed the mendelssohn more than i thought i would; must be the quartet. -a.v.

  5. Many thanks for this treasure, Bryan.

  6. Thanks very much for your pre-war Budapest SQ series. I have some of these on LP transfers which I listened to avidly many years ago. It is wonderful to hear them again.