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Bartók: 6 String Quartets / Emerson String Quartet


Release Date: 02/13/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000815602   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emerson Quartet. Deutsche Grammophon 423 657-2 [2 CDs], reissued on Deutsche Grammophon 000815602.

The six quartets of Bartók have been well represented on record, far better than the six of Schoenberg or the 15 of Shostakovich. Few have done better with the music than the Emerson Quartet. Making roses out of what must seem, to most who attempt to play the set, more a collection of thistles, the Emerson players show the kind of ensemble polish that caused one European critic to label their performances as “too smooth.... I like my Bartók rougher.” But awkwardness and rhythmic uncertainty, which have made many another group sound rough in this music, should not be confused with expressive edge, which the Emersons
Read more bring to the music in full measure. Their readings are extraordinarily revealing, high intensity, not at all for the faint of heart. The sound quality is excellent throughout. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing a previous issue on Deutsche Grammophon 423657 now available on Deutsche Grammophon 000815602. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Budapest, Hungary 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Budapest, Hungary 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114 by Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Budapest, Hungary 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.1, Sz. 40 (Op.7): 1. Lento
String Quartet No.1, Sz. 40 (Op.7): 2. Allegretto
String Quartet No.1, Sz. 40 (Op.7): 3. Introduzione. Allegro - Allegro vivace
String Quartet No.3, Sz. 85: 1. Prima parte (Moderato)
String Quartet No.3, Sz. 85: 2. Seconda parte. Allegro - attacca: Ricapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato
String Quartet No.3, Sz. 85: 3. Coda. Allegro molto
String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102: 2. Adagio molto
String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102: 3. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese
String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102: 4. Andante
String Quartet No.6, Sz. 114: 2. Mesto - Marcia
String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102: 5. Finale. Allegro vivace
String Quartet No.6, Sz. 114: 3. Mesto - Burletta (Moderato)
String Quartet No.6, Sz. 114: 4. Mesto
String Quartet No.2, Sz. 67 (Op.17): 1. Moderato
String Quartet No.2, Sz. 67 (Op.17): 2. Allegro molto capriccioso
String Quartet No.2, Sz. 67 (Op.17): 3. Lento
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91: 2. Prestissimo, con sordino
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91: 3. Non troppo lento
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91: 4. Allegretto pizzicato
String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91: 5. Allegro molto
String Quartet No.6, Sz. 114: 1. Mesto - Vivace

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