This is a 24-bit/44.1 kHz transcription using high-end analog equipment of a performance by the Vegh Quartet of Bela Bartók's 2nd string quartet. It was recorded in April, 1972 by Georges Kisselhoff at the Musica Théâtre, La Chaux-de-Fonds. Sándor Végh, the ensemble's eponymous first violinist, was a member of the Hungarian String Quartet when it gave the first performance of Bartók's 5th string quartet.
Two recordings by the Vegh Quartet of Bartók's six string quartets are available on CD and can be purchased from www.jpc.de. I'm pretty sure the ADD set includes the recording transcribed here. If you like this recording, you should check out the complete set.
I have recently uploaded several other 24-bit LP transcriptions of comparable quality, and will be doing more in the near future. You can find them by clicking on my user id.
Equipment used for A/D conversion: Lyra Helikon phono cartridge, Linn LP12/Lingo turntable, Linn Ittok tonearm, Audioquest LeoPard tonearm cable, PS Audio PS2 preamplifier, Kimber PBJ interconnect, M-Audio Audiophile USB A/D converter.
01 - Moderato [10:24]
02 - Allegro molto capriccio [7:58]
03 - Lento [8:43]