In my view, this recording contains music that should be in the collection of any serious classical music collector.
String Quartets No. 1-6, Op. 18
String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 ‘Rasumovsky No. 1’
String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421
Performed by the Vlach Quartet
The three Beethoven Quartets show us one work each from the composer’s early, mid, and late periods. All of them are wonderful, and one can notice the composer’s maturity and creative progress as he gets older.
The Vlach Quartet performed in a line-up in which it conquered stages worldwide and made all the recordings featured on this album.
The Vlach Quartet recorded Beethoven’s quartets within a 10 year period. Given the year in which it was recorded, 1956, the ”bonus” Mozart quatet in D minor is one of the ensemble’s oldest recordings made soon after their competition victory in Liege.
These recorded Beethoven tracks are merely part of the Vlach Quartet’s remarkable legacy, which encompasses quartet works by Czech composers, as well as by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Ravel.
Here is the Vlach Quartet in a performance of Dvorak’s Quartet Opus 34: