I don't know what else to say. I have never felt so completely involved in this music (the Takacs recording comes very close, with state of the art sound -- I'm glad to have both sets). Listening to these quartets in sequence -- the 3 disks permit a chronological progression -- is a revelation, as one moves from the romantacism of the First Quartet to the final, elegaic Sixth. The 2nd disk contains the thorniest works: quartets 3 and 4. Listening to them together, as played by the Vegh Quartet, I sensed the distillation of all that can be expressed in music within these highly concentrated forms. Yet these are earthy, swaggering performances at the same time -- physically and intellectually stimulating.
"Now, even potted palms might rejoice
to hear this counterpoint, these lambent chords.
The infinitely baffled speakers voice
a heart-to-heart that leaves me wanting words."
I suspect the poet was thinking about Haydn or Beethoven,
but it applies here in spades.