Bartok – String Quartets 1-3-4 Vol. 1

8,9924,99

Clear
SKU: 8895 Category:

Tracklist

1.
String Quartet Nr. 1, Op 7 - Lento
05:36
2.
String Quartet Nr. 1, Op 7 - Allegretto
05:05
3.
String Quartet Nr. 1, Op 7 - Allegro (Introduction)
07:51
4.
String Quartet No. 3 - Prima Parte (Moderato)
03:05
5.
String Quartet No. 3 - Seconda Parte (Allegro)
00:00
6.
String Quartet No. 4 - Allegro
03:59
7.
String Quartet No. 4 - Prestissimo, Con Sordino
02:06
8.
String Quartet No. 4 - Non Troppo Lento
00:00
9.
String Quartet No. 4 - Allegretto Pizzicato
00:00
10.
String Quartet No. 4 - Allegro Molto
00:00

Description

Bela Bartok-String Quartets nos. 1, 3, and 4 Bela Bartoks six string quartets show him not only as one of the most important Hungarian composers, but also as one of the great cosmopolitan artists of the 20th century. In these works, which trace a thread through his entire career, Bartok found a completely original way of combining the folk music which he researched with the great quartet tradition as established by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms. Bartk undertook the business of quartet writing with particular seriousness. There was no other choice, given the presence of Beethoven and Brahms as his most important models. In particular, the last quartets of Beethoven left a deep and abiding impression on Bartoks six works, which recall their illustrious ancestors in the frequent contrapuntal treatment of themes, the complex melodic development throughout the instrumental web, the sometimes capricious and at other times dancelike extravert quality of the rhythm, and also in Bartoks tendencies towards experimentation with structure and form. The First String Quartet, Opus 7, largely composed in 1908, is the first result, and it is an impressively mature one. The themes, fugal techniques, and closely worked structure recall Beethovens Opus 130 and 131. In addition, this three-movement quartet is characterized by a strongly romantic expressive quality, with a trace of Wagners Tristan and a mournful Hungarian folk melody in its make-up.

Additional information

Artists

Recording location

protestant Church Renswoude, The Netherlands

Mastering equiment

sony DAE 3000

Mastering engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mixing console

rens Heijnis

Microphones

bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Recording format

pcm 44.1

Analog to digital converter

dCS900

Recording date

June 1995

Editing

Bert van der Wolf

Composers

Recording engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Ted Diehl

Type

, ,

Format

,

Label

Genre

,

Digital to analog converter

sony

Press reviews

Trouw

(…) de krachtige, onopgesmukte en integere benadering die dit muzikale gezelschap er op na houdt. (…) (…) Al deze eigenschappen komen in het spel van het Orpheus Quartet prima tot hun recht. De geluidsweergave paart een verantwoorde dosis ruimtelijkheid aan een ietwat naar het droge neigende scherpte, wat de doorhoorbaarheid van de structuur in belangrijke mate heeft bevordert.

Klassiek

(…) En hoewel er grote verschillen bestaan tussen het eerste strijkkwartet enerzijds en het derde en vierde anderzijds, is het vooral de overeenkomst in het inhoudelijke evenwicht dat door het Orpheus Quartet op bijzonder heldere en vooral mooie wijze wordt uitgespeeld. Spanning en ontspanning, beweging en rust, het collectief en het individu komen in deze uitvoering allen aan bod. (…) (…) Ik kan niet anders zeggen dan dat het Orpheus Quartet met deze strijkkwartetten een prachtig cd heeft afgeleverd.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.