Saturday, January 27, 2018

Haydn: String Quartets op 76 nos 3 and 4 by the Budapest String Quartet [ML 4923] an LP released in the United States in 1955

Here is a nice recording of the BSQ performing at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. I am not sure when these were recorded, but it can't have been too many years before its first release on Columbia Masterworks, which was in 1955.

The recorded sound is full bodied and direct. It would be nice to have an earlier pressing such as a "six-eye," but those are much more rare than my "two-eye" version.


  1. thank you very much & happy new year. -a. v.

  2. Thanks for sharing. What a great blog this is. Hope to find more gems in the near future here.

  3. Thanks for these remarkable transcriptions.
    Both quartet were recorded May 1954(monaural) at the Coolidge Auditorium, The library of Congress, Washington DC.
    They were played on the Stradavari instruments in the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Collection.
    The discography of the Budapet Quartet is here: