The Quartet No 2, op. 5 (1953) differs greatly from the first one. Its music seems to have undergone the influence of the classical Russian school, that is revealed in the structural elements akin to the Russian traditional songful-dancing melos. However, Basner himself rises as a thoughtful composer with the heightened receptivity and keen aesthetic outlook.
The atmosphere of clarity and purity dominates along the whole cycle of three movements. Already the first theme of the first movement is presented as the translucent drawling melody, so very to any canticle.
The Quartet doesn't have any literary programme. This would be doubtlessly the adjective “young” or “youthful” that is to shine upon the whole composition indeed, if the composer decided to name his creation. It may be explained by the brand new feelings recalled every time by the Quartet's music. The Quartet n 2 was awarded the prize at the Fifth International Democratic Youth Festival in Warsaw, where the young composer was deservedly appreciated for his skill, so amazing for a youth of his age.