Chamber Music: Heir to the Budapest

Now that the Budapest String Quartet has retired, who takes its place as the world's master of chamber music?

In Europe, the Quartette Italiano and the Amadeus Quartet are perhaps the best examples of the traditional Old World ensemble. In the U.S., a first-rate group like the Juilliard has proved that American string players are the equal of any produced out of the classic European mold. Yet, in the minds of many chamber music connoisseurs, another group comes even closer to the elegant perfection of the old Budapest: the Guarneri String Quartet,...

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