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Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Vegh String Quartet


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1169   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sandor VéghSandor ZöldyGeorges JanzerPaul Szabo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1954 cycle originally appeared on three French Columbia LPs (in the U.S., on the Angel label). As such, it was among the first Bartók quartet cycles available to LP collectors. Since then, there have been dozens of other versions, including a 1972 stereo remake from the Véghs themselves, with the same membership, on the French Astrée label. Nevertheless Music & Arts has chosen to release this earlier set, which is sufficiently different from the stereo remake to afford a historically and artistically important perspective on the music. Végh knew Bartók and as a member of the New Hungarian Quartet, which specialized in its early years in contemporary music, often performed his works. (It was this Read more ensemble that gave the Hungarian premiere of the Fifth Quartet in 1936 and was the foremost exponent of Bartók's earlier Quartets in Hungary during the late 1930s). And after he founded his own Quartet in 1940 (the year Bartók emigrated to the U.S.), Végh continued to pioneer the Bartók pieces. Numerous critics contend that the present recording presents one of the most convincing interpretations of these 20th-century masterpieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sandor Végh (Violin), Sandor Zöldy (Violin), Georges Janzer (Viola),
Paul Szabo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 30 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Paul Szabo (Cello), Sandor Végh (Violin), Sandor Zöldy (Violin),
Georges Janzer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sandor Végh (Violin), Sandor Zöldy (Violin), Georges Janzer (Viola),
Paul Szabo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sandor Végh (Violin), Sandor Zöldy (Violin), Georges Janzer (Viola),
Paul Szabo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Sandor Végh (Violin), Paul Szabo (Cello), Georges Janzer (Viola),
Sandor Zöldy (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 29 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Georges Janzer (Viola), Sandor Végh (Violin), Sandor Zöldy (Violin),
Paul Szabo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Length: 29 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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