1) Though the Julliard have a few moments of note, this is as lamentable as the previous Reviewer has already noted. The Kohon are the only way to go here, and a great way!
2) The Concord on Vox are probably to be preferred over the Julliard here, though, again, I give the Julliard some credit just for being themselves.
3) The Babbitt. Yes, well, here's the only wrinkle, for, if you want this, this is the only place to get it. All three works were recorded in the Coolidge Aud. in the Library of Congress, all during different years. The Babbitt seems to sound different, or maybe it's just me. In any case, I work on liking this, and it's not too hard. It does make me want to hear something better, but, the music is so fragile and delicate that it seems to work with the acoustic's smallish space (as opposed to the airtight space given to No.3 on Music&Arts). There might also be a tech glitch at the opening, but you won't hear it if you don't hear it. It may be on the original recording.
It's so hard to talk about Babbitt here, and with No.3, having just these recordings, which carry so much baggage of primitive sound.
Were it not for the Babbitt I could not recommend this album. Oh, and try not to get the CDR they're selling, grrr.
String Quartet 2 / String Quartet 4