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Penguin Guide, January 2009

If you enjoy the earlier and middle-period Hayden Quartets, you night well try Spohr. He seems also to have an almost inexhaustible fund of ideas and writes enjoyable smooth, well-crafted works, which every so often produce a movement which is quite memorable—like the gentle Adagio of his very first essay in the medium, strikingly fresh, written when the composer had just turned 20. Op.4/2 has an opening movement which is worthy of Hayden and the Poco Adagio is just as thoughtful as its predecessor. The Rondo finale with its dotted main theme is very catchy. Op. 15/2 is without a slow movement. However the accomplished fugal finale has a brief Adagio introduction. The performances here are always persuasive and well recorded too: it is a pity that this series does not appear on the Naxos label, when it would be even more recommendable. However, praise is due for the excellent documentation

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"fine, idiomatic performances by the New Budapest Quartet"

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