This two-disc set of the Brahms String Sextets brilliantly captures these beautiful chamber works. This digital recording from 1989 features the sextet of Yo-Yo Ma and Sharon Robinson on cellos, Isaac Stern and Cho-Liang Lin on violins, and Jaime Laredo and Michael Tree on violas. This Grammy-Winning CD helped to further popularize these chamber pieces, which were among the first of their genre when written in the 1860s. As Klaus Hafner states in his liner notes, "The self-assured, confident form of...[the] String Sextets...almost makes us forget that the composer was actually breaking new ground in chamber music...." And what makes this performance equally groundbreaking and remarkable is that the Ma/Stern/Laredo/etc group play with the same self-assurance and confidence. From the sublime opening measures of Op. 18, you know you are in for a treat. I have not heard other performances of these pieces, but I don't need to.