Several friends of mine are very big on the Hagen; a couple have specifically praised Clemens Hagen, the cellist. I liked his playing, and that of violist Veronika Hagen and second violinist Rainer Schmidt, a great deal, but the quartet's overall interpretive profile is...or was on this occasion....not very interesting.
They don't seem to appear often in the US, and those past reviews that I could find are decidedly mixed, although, once again, Joshua Kosman tells you exactly what he thinks.
- Joshua Kosman, CD review in the Chron
- James Oestreich was impressed with their Beethoven in the Times
- Tim Page wasn't thrilled, also in the Times ("..little sense of vortext" in a program that included K.387)