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Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Arcadia Quartet


Release Date: 10/05/2018 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10992  
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcadia Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For its very first recording on Chandos, the Arcadia String Quartet presents what has been at the very heart of its musical career and influences: the complete string quartets by Bartók.

With the music of the Hungarian composer, the members of this Romanian ensemble, neighbours of his birthplace, have won such major careershaping competitions as Osaka, the Wigmore Hall, and Hamburg.

Bartók’s attachment to the string quartet – as to no other genre – was to the keystone of the Viennese tradition, but with the aim of moving the medium out of its native city a little, into the countryside of alternative tonalities and rhythms. The six mature works he wrote are being revealed here with all the singular
Read more patterns, mixed modalities, bitterness, lamentations, and, at times, bright folk influences which they contain.

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REVIEWS:

Whatever the inspirations, these players are alive to them, just as they are alert to the technical demands lurking around every corner. These Arcadians also find haunting desolation.

– BBC Music Magazine

If I was asked to recommend a Bartók cycle to a first-time listener intimidated by his spiky reputation, I’d send them straight to the Arcadia Quartet. Even for the aficionado, this spacious, big-hearted vision of Bartók as poet, dreamer, and humorist has something distinctive and beautiful to say.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

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

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