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Bartok by Heart / Chiara String Quartet


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Azica   Catalog #: 71310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chiara String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following on the success of its 2014 album, Brahms by Heart, the Chiara String Quartet performs the six string quartets of Béla Bartók entirely from memory for this 2016 Azica release. The time wasn't so long ago when Bartók's demanding quartets were among the most difficult chamber pieces, and memorizing them would have seemed imprudent, if not impossible. Yet this youthful ensemble has thoroughly mastered the technical side of the quartets as well as any contemporary ensemble has, and the feat of memorization seems rather more of a positive selling-point than an ill-advised stunt. The Chiara plays with high energy and the freedom to experiment with expression, though their excessive use of portamento at the opening of Read more the String Quartet No. 1 is unfortunate. For the most part, the Chiara has a strong feeling for Bartók's moods, particularly in the fragile "night music" movements of the String Quartet No. 4 and the String Quartet No. 5, though the group is most vigorous and exciting in the Allegro molto capriccioso of the String Quartet No. 2, an ideal track for sampling Bartók's bracing sonorities and the Chiara's powerful playing.

– All Music Guide (Blair Sanderson) Read less

Works on This Recording

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

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