A great oppurtunity for Bartok fans to experience a few oft forgotten gems of his early years. The Kodaly quartet seems to know their Bartok very well and, exerting their technical skills, do a good deal of justice to Bartok in their performance. They do fall a little off on the rhythm a few places, but the overall performance is very decent considering the challenge that these compositions put forth.
The folk rhapsodies are charming, and similar themes based on them run throughout Bartok's career (heavily influenced by the folk music of his native area). They aren't as impressive as the more well-known Bartok pieces, but they are interesting to hear.
The piano quintet is the real jewel on the crown. Its more developed than the other pieces and resembles, stylistically, the mature Bartok pieces we all know and love.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in Bartok's music though it isn't essential to anyone's collection.