℗ 2017 harmonia mundi
Duration 2h 37m 21s
Record Label harmonia mundi
Release Date June 9, 2017
Genre Classical
 

Béla Bartók: Complete String Quartets

Heath Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40  
1.1
I. Lento
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
9:06
1.2
II. Allegretto. Introduzione
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
10:07
1.3
III. Allegro vivace
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
10:20
String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85  
1.4
I. Prima parte. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
4:45
1.5
II. Seconda parte. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
5:34
1.6
III. Recapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
2:55
1.7
IV. Coda. Allegro molto
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
2:20
String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102  
1.8
I. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
7:58
1.9
II. Adagio molto
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
5:52
1.10
III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
5:29
1.11
IV. Andante
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
4:44
1.12
V. Finale. Allegro vivace
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
7:33
String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67  
2.1
I. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
9:51
2.2
II. Allegro molto capriccioso
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
8:03
2.3
III. Lento
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
9:08
String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91  
2.4
I. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
6:15
2.5
II. Prestissimo, con sordino
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
3:12
2.6
III. Non troppo lento
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
5:53
2.7
IV. Allegretto pizzicato
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
3:01
2.8
V. Allegro molto
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
5:51
String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114  
2.9
I. Mesto. Più mosso, pesante - Vivace
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
7:40
2.10
II. Mesto. Marcia
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
7:40
2.11
III. Mesto - Burletta. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
7:16
2.12
IV. Mesto
Béla Bartók; Heath Quartet
6:48
Digital Booklet
Duration    2h 37m 21s
“it’s hardly damning the Heath Quartet’s new cycle with faint praise to say that their performances deserve to be considered alongside the best of these existing sets... their treatment of the deeply tragic finale of the Sixth, which never becomes lachrymose, could hardly be bettered.” - Andrew Clements, The Guardian “It’s all captured by Harmonia Mundi in transparent and natural recorded sound which easily encompasses both the quietest sul ponticello whisper and (a Heath Quartet speciality) ringing full-ensemble chords that glow from within. Newcomers to the Bartók quartets will find this a sincere, imaginative and splendidly played entry point...” - Richard Bratby, Gramophone The Heath Quartet present a critically acclaimed recording of Bartók's complete string quartets on this release. Written over the course of the Hungarian composer's career, these six works offer insight to changes and shifts in his compositional style, all the while responding to contemporary events such as the arrival of World War II and experiments with form in the art music world. The Heath musicians approach these often moving quartets with intensity and reverence, showing why they are considered by some to be the most significant contribution to the genre after Beethoven.
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