Bartok - Complete String Quartets | Chandos CHAN109922

Bartok - Complete String Quartets


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN109922

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 5th October 2018



Arcadia String Quartet


Bartok, Bela

String Quartets nos.1-6 (complete)


Arcadia String Quartet


For its very first recording on Chandos, the Arcadia String Quartet presents what has been at the very heart of its musical career and influences: the complete string quartets by Bartók.

With the music of the Hungarian composer, the members of this Romanian ensemble, neighbours of his birthplace, have won such major career-shaping competitions as Osaka, the Wigmore Hall, and Hamburg.

Bartók’s attachment to the string quartet – as to no other genre – was to the keystone of the Viennese tradition, but with the aim of moving the medium out of its native city a little, into the countryside of alternative tonalities and rhythms. The six mature works he wrote are being revealed here with all the singular patterns, mixed modalities, bitterness, lamentations, and, at times, bright folk influences which they contain.

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