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This set is well-recorded and the overall quality of the playing is very good. However--and this may be a matter of personal taste--the first violinist has the habit of attacking many of the high notes with a wide vibrato which sounds to me like poor intonation, as though he is centering his pitch too high. The effect is someone shrill and squeaky. I found this off-putting, even though most phrases are played beautifully and as far as I can tell perfectly. For a similar style, I prefer the Guarneri quartet. At the same time, at the budget price this is well worth the money.
Well I am not a music critic but I did study dance and therefor music theory and history and have choreographed many a Beethoven piece. What is missing for me in this rendition is emotion, i.e. passion, or that which can move me to tears when I listen to especially his last compositions. Amazing technique but unfortunately too little "soul" , that is my experience of these CD's. Would not recommend for purchase.