BARTOK: The String Quartets

2 CD - Praga Digitals PRD250358
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Végh Quartet
original title: Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Quatuor Vegh
collection: Genuine Stereo Lab

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  • Bartók’s complete string quartets, as played by the Végh Quartet back in 1954, is still the best interpretation of this fabulous musical encapsulation of the 20th century. The first Quartet (1907) glorifies Beethoven’s 16th, while the sixth closes with the quarter tones of a wistful (mesto) and gradually etiolating refrain. In turn expressionist, with Webern-like denseness, then discursive, exploiting timbre to the full, the rural undercurrent is magnified; its acoustic scale and inventive rhythms inspired by contemporary music from central Europe, Turkey and North Africa. In all, a sense of powerful authenticity: a genuine transfiguration.

    CD1: 1-3 No. 2 Sz40
    4-7 No. 3 Sz85
    8-12 No. 5 Sz102

    CD2: 1-4 No. 2 Sz67
    5-7 No. 4 Sz91
    8-11 No. 6 Sz114
    Recorded in London Sept-Oct 1954. First Ed UK on LP: Columbia CX1245, 1267, 1285, Angel in USA. Since then there have been dozens of other versions including a 1972 stereo remake with the same line-up on the Astrée label. Praga has chosen to release this earlier set because of its unique artistry. This new edition is restarting from the initial stereo tapes.
    Remastered & edited by Alexandra Evrard
  • Végh Quartet

    Végh Quartet
  • 2 CD - 2h 33mn 49s
    upc/ean. 3149028101522
    ref. PRD250358
    release date. 2017-02-17