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There are several string quartets that stand out from the crowd, with the Emerson String Quartet, and Quatuor Mosaiques being among my favorites. I'm not sure if either of these groups have recorded the Mozart work you mention, but it's worth listening. The Quatuor Mosaiques, by the way, have several wonderful recordings on the Astree label of Mozart and Haydn, featuring fine performances and terrific audio quality.
I too have and like the Telarc recording of this piece, but once you hear and watch it played live you realize how difficult it is to capture the excitement and energy of a performance of the octet on record. I'm hoping others have some recommendations for this work, particularly on vinyl, that can truly convey that energy.
For the LP/Vinyl folks; look for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble; Phillips LP# 9500 616; There is a CD reissue also of this recording; Phillips CD# 420 400-2
There is also an "I Musici" LP from 1966 which is excellent.
I agree the Telarc Cleveland/Meliora CD recording is very good.
Another decent choice on Sony is "Musician's from Marlboro" Sony Classical CD# SMK 46251
I do like the performances of I Musici and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Also what listed below are the other two recordings I collected for your reference:
1. Bartok Quartet (released by Hungaroton, energetic and
2. I Solisti Italiani (released by Denon, subtle and
However, I have difficulty to appreciate the Telarc recording by the Cleveland and Meliora Quartets. It is very hard for me to describe that feeling in English. For those of you appreciate this recording, please provide more detail(s) to help me understand their performance more.