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Bela Bartok: The 6 String Quartets - Emerson String Quartet

from: Deutsche Grammophon

 : Bela Bartok: The 6 String Quartets - Emerson String Quartet
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0002894236572
Item Dimensions: 4555039494
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Deutsche Grammophon
Model: 1989958
MPN: 028942365728
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: October 25, 1990
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: November 14, 1988
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon

Disc 1:
  1. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7: 1. Lento - attacca
  2. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7: 2. Poco e poco accelerande all' Allegretto - Introduzione. Allegro 0 attacca
  3. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7: 3. Allegro vivace
  4. String Quartet No. 3: 1. Prima Parte: Moderato - attacca
  5. String Quartet No. 3: 2. Seconda parte: Allegro - attacca: Ricapitulazione della prima parte; Moderato
  6. String Quartet No. 3: 3. Coda: Allegro molto
  7. String Quartet No. 5: 1. Alllegro
  8. String Quartet No. 5: 2. Adagio molto
  9. String Quartet No. 5: 3. Scherzo: Alla bulgarese
  10. String Quartet No. 5: 4. Andante
  11. String Quartet No. 5: 5. Finale: Allegro vivace
Disc 2:
  1. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17: 1. Moderato
  2. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17: 2. Allegro molto capriccioso
  3. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17: 3. Lento
  4. String Quartet No. 4: 1. Allegro
  5. String Quartet, No. 4: 2. Prestissimo, con sordino
  6. String Quartet, No. 4: 3. Non troppo lento
  7. String Quartet, No. 4: 4. Allegretto pizzicato
  8. String Quartet, No. 4: 5. Allegro molto
  9. STRING QUARTET NO. 6: 1. Mesto-piu mosso, pensante - Vivace
  10. STRING QUARTET NO. 6: 2. Mesto - Marcia
  11. STRING QUARTET NO. 6: 3. Mesto - Burletta
  12. STRING QUARTET NO. 6: 4. Mesto
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Editorial Review:
The six quartets of Bartók have been well represented on record, far better than the six of Schoenberg or the fifteen of Shostakovich. The choice on Compact Disc, however, is an easy one, for the Emerson Quartet not only plays the music better than any other ensemble, but gets all six essays onto two discs. Making roses out of what must seem more like a collection of thistles to most others who attempt to play the set, the Emerson players show the kind of ensemble polish that caused one European critic to complain, "too smooth.... I like my Bartók rougher." But awkwardness and rhythmic uncertainty, which have made many a lesser group sound rough in this music, should not be confused with expressive edge, which the Emersons bring to the music in full measure. Their readings are extraordinarily revealing, high-intensity, not at all for the faint of heart. With the odd-numbered quartets on one disc and the even on the other, each CD is a "microcosmos" of the whole set. The sound quality is excellent throughout. --Ted Libbey

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