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Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Heath Quartet


Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907661  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heath Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



This is a major release. The group has a powerful understanding of the music's structure, coupled to superlative technical skill. Their awareness of the music's roots is incorporated into a wider expressive language. As an example, the peppery fiddle tune that launches the Scherzo of the Second Quartet buzzes with folky intensity, but , crucially, keep moving forwards. Throughout these performances the ensemble exhibits great momentum, not in the sense of relentless energy but rather of an inevitable pull towards the culminating moment when a movement suddenly yields up its secrets.

Newcomers to these works will find this a sincere, imaginative, and
Read more splendidly played entry point; old hands will quickly find many reasons why these extraordinary works rang among the supreme achievements of 20th century music. The sound, natural and transparent, easily encompasses both the quietest whisper and ringing full-ensemble chords that glow from within.

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Works on This Recording

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

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