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Bartók by Heart

Chiara String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, Sz. 40  
1
I. Lento
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
9:08
2
II. Allegretto
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
9:02
3
III. Introduzione. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
11:29
String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85  
4
Prima parte. Moderato -
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
4:40
5
Seconda parte. Allegro -
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
5:33
6
Ricapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato -
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
3:00
7
Coda. Allegro molto
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
1:57
String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102  
8
I. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:33
9
II. Adagio molto
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
5:48
10
III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
5:22
11
IV. Andante
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
4:55
12
V. Finale. Allegro vivace
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:23
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, Sz. 67  
1
I. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
9:39
2
II. Allegro molto capriccioso
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:54
3
III. Lento
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:57
String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91  
4
I. Allegro
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
6:08
5
II. Prestissimo, con sordino
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
2:57
6
III. Non troppo lento
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
5:16
7
IV. Allegretto pizzicato
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
2:47
8
V. Allegro molto
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
5:49
String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114  
9
I. Mesto - Vivace
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:46
10
II. Mesto - Marcia
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:59
11
III. Mesto - Burletta. Moderato
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
7:27
12
IV. Mesto
Béla Bartók; Chiara String Quartet
6:50
Total Playing Time    2:34:19
"Like aural three-dimensional chess, each player seems to be aware of what the other three and the music are doing at all times."
- Strings

The Grammy-nominated Chiara String Quartet, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, plays by heart, dispensing with the use of sheet music. This double album includes Béla Bartók’s six string quartets, performed entirely from memory.

"Many of the devilishly difficult passages in (Bartók's) music became natural when performed without printed music. Although the work of memorizing is far more involved than just learning the pieces by printed music, the reward is substantial: through the memorization process, we are able to return Bartók's music to the realm of the unrecorded folk music he so lovingly captured. We hope that by sharing our performances with you, Bartók’s remarkable music continues its journey from ear to ear and generation to generation just as the folk music that inspired it."
- Gregory Beaver, cellist
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