I'm looking for recordings of the complete Beethoven Quartets to give a friend. Recently I've listened to the Alban Berg Quartet's version. Overall, they seem rough, over-emphasizing many of the gestures so that there's an underlying disquiet and few nuances.
Which quartet has done, in your opinion, the best job recording all (or at least most) of the quartets? Why?
I have some time on this, so recommendations--with reasons!--are very welcome.
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