- String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Sz. 40, BB 52 (Op. 7)
- String Quartet No. 3 in C sharp major, Sz. 85, BB 93
- String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Sz. 102, BB 110
- String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Sz. 67, BB 75 (Op. 17)
- String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz. 91, BB 95
- String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz. 114, BB 119
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Bartók: 6 String Quartets based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is not the best recording of the Bartok quartets I can imagine, but it's as good as any I've heard. I have old LP recordings by the Juilliard Quartet and the Vegh Quartet, and I've heard versions by the Takacs, Tokyo, and Emerson ensembles. The reason I wanted this 1960s recording by the Hungarian Quartet is that I wanted something on CD and I did NOT want the Emersons, who seem to me overrated in just about everything. It's a cliche to say the Hungarians have this music in their blood, but they do seem to take to it comfortably, naturally. Their readings are warm and effortless. There are times when I could wish for a bit more incisiveness -- a la Juilliard -- or more gusto -- check out the Veghs -- but if you want one version of these masterpieces, the Hungarians is my choice. Sound is clear, present, studio-ish, in the usual Deutsche Grammophon 1960s style. The transfer to CD was quite successful. One note: this issue seems to be available only as an import (in the U.S.). This seems to have something to do with DGG worrying it would compete with the more recent version by the Emerson Quartet on the same label. I found it at Amazon.com, which wanted to charge me $30+ over and above the list price to take care of handling charges etc. Barnes & Noble sells it for the straight list price -- a bargain.