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"I think I shall recommend for a beginning the Second in E minor to be followed by the First in F, and lastly by the Third in C rnajor. I recommend the Léner versions of all three published by Columbia" - The Gramophone, July 1927
The Léner Quartet, drawn from the Budapest Opera Orchestra after the Great War, was arguably the greatest of the inter-war string quartets, and the first to record the complete Beethoven String Quartets, which this new series will bring you across three volumes. With their highly Romantic style, this is a very different Beethoven to modern ears - and quite a magical one. We begin with the six early quartets, in superb new transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn.