BARTÓK 6 String Quartets Emerson String

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BÉLA BARTÓK

Die 6 Streichquartette
The 6 String Quartets
Emerson String Quartet
Int. Release 02 Jan. 2007
2 CDs / Download
CD DDD 0289 477 6322 2 GGP 2
GRAND PRIX - the world's finest recordings
“Intense and passionate … one of the most exciting chamber music recordings of recent years” Gramophone


Track List

CD 1: Bartók: The 6 String Quartets

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
String Quartet No.1, Sz. 40 (Op.7)

String Quartet No.3, Sz. 85

String Quartet No.5, Sz. 102

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:12:26

CD 2: Bartók: The 6 String Quartets

Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
String Quartet No.2, Sz. 67 (Op.17)

String Quartet No.4, Sz. 91

String Quartet No.6, Sz. 114

12.
0:00
6:21

Emerson String Quartet

Total Playing Time 1:16:02

. . . the Emerson's Shostakovich cycle . . . is played with brilliant technique . . . their precision, attention to detail, and keen ensemble work wonders with Bartók's leaner, terser mode of expression . . . The Emersons, meanwhile, really dig into the many animated episodes -- they take the Second Quartet's Allegro molto capriccioso at a whirlwind speed, crisply attack the opening of the fourth Quartet (notice those slashing double stops) and blow through the second movement like a dust storm. But speed is not an issue, since they are able to consistently articulate rhythmic accents cleanly, follow Bartók's roller-coaster dynamics faithfully, and provide clarity to his varying textures. That they are able to sustain such a high level of excitement and, perhaps more importantly, surprise, in these well-known works elevates this set to classic status.

Seinerzeit haben die Emersons dafür einen Gramophone Award ("Grammy") erhalten, nun wird die Einspielung in der Serie "The World's finest recordings" wieder aufgelegt. Zum Glück. Denn kaum eine andere Aufnahme zeigt uns das Quartettschaffen Bartóks in einem so gleißenden Licht. Alle Strukturen werden offenbar, das virtuose und immens saubere Spiel der vier Musiker schenkt uns einen selten klaren Blick auf die Komposition. Jeder Satz behält seinen ihm eigenen Charakter, die Vielfalt wird weit aufgefächert.