as proud owner of several different quartet recordings of this remarkable quartet cycle, the Eders'continue to draw me in + move me after owning them for over 15 years. Again - this is so with this recording of the 3rd + 5th quartets. the entire naxos series (recorded in the mid 1990s) by the Hungarian Eders' are all excellently recorded by the way, in full natural recordings of this often austere yet very moving music.
the 3rd + 5th Quartets here were composed as large scale works positively symphonic in writing style with far fewer of DSCH's later quartet's feeling of unrelieved if cathartic gloom. listen to his far more emotionally ambivalent 7th + 14th Qrts for instance + your left wondering what the Soviet composer actually felt. you could say that the 3rd + 5th (like his 1st Quartet) are his most straight forward works of the 15 quartets composed with clearly defined movements with often quite distinct tempi styles i.e. allegretto, andante etc. the 3rd is the more dynamic wide ranging of the two , with the 5th carrying on the hushed, haunted lyricism of his 4th Qrt.
these are still austere works yes, but perhaps some of DSCH's most approachable of his earlier quartets and the playing by the Eder Quartet is totally convincing with depth, fine ensemble sound with poise + well judged tempi also. other top flight but more expensive versions are by the Borodins, Fitzwilliams, Sorrells for new converts wishing to delve ever deeper.
again - like the rest of the naxos DSCH quartet series at bargain price, you still get top price performances here.