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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 22 februari 2019 | Musical Concepts

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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 11 januari 2019 | Mirare

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 5 oktober 2018 | Chandos

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 étoiles de Classica
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 careershaping 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. © Chandos
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 10 september 2018 | Channel Classics Records

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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 7 september 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 étoiles de Classica
‘When we approach a composer, we like to immerse ourselves in his or her early works, in order to understand the evolution of the person behind the score. ‘It was quite naturally that the idea emerged of coupling a youthful quartet, no.10, composed at the age of sixteen, with a masterpiece by the mature Schubert, the “Death and the Maiden” Quartet no.14. As in the case of Mozart on our first recording, we wanted to present two different atmospheres with two quartets by the same composer. ‘This journey through time sheds a new light on the later works, because the process of getting to know the young Franz Schubert naturally means deepening our knowledge of his language, but also allows us to refine our appropriation of the style, sound and articulation specific to him. ‘In Quartet no.10, we tried to achieve purity in our playing, a crystalline sound that allows the music to unfold in the most fluid and natural way, keeping in mind the intimacy of the family living room for which these pages were written. ‘In no.14, more tormented, brusquer, more intense, we attempt to pay homage to the work’s symphonic dimension, and to its most sombre, most violent asperities. ‘Two sides to one man: the bright and dark faces of Schubert.’ Quatuor Van Kuijk © Outhere Music
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 7 september 2018 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 20 juli 2018 | Berlin Classics

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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 8 juni 2018 | Paraty

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 28 mei 2018 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 18 mei 2018 | Gramola Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 9 mei 2018 | BMC Records

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Founded in Budapest at the height of the war by its first violin Sándor Végh in 1940, the Végh Quartet (here called "Végh and His Quartet"), which has delighted record collectors all over the world, played with exactly the same line-up for 40 years, a fact which is the source of its coherence and deep knowledge of its repertoire. In 1946 the Végh Quartet left Hungary to set up in Paris and take part in the Geneva Competition, which they won with brio, following an exceptional performance of Bartók's Fifth Quartet, which created a sensation. Sandor Végh had been taught by Jenő Hubay and Zoltán Kodály, before directing the first outings of the famous Hungarian Quartet, which worked closely with Bartók on his works. After taking this much-coveted prize, in an era when international competitions were still few and far between, the Végh Quartet was propelled into a career on the world stage: they were applauded all over the world, as far away as South Africa. They enjoyed lasting fame thanks to their two recordings of Beethoven's quartets (one made in Boston in 1952; and another in the early 1970s in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland), as well as those of Béla Bartók, before they wound up in 1980 following a change of second violin and viola player. As for Sándor Végh, worshipped by Carlos Kleiber, he would pursue a career as a conductor up until his death in 1997. This album is the first leg (two others are already announced and in the works) of a series of publications containing rare or previously-unreleased recordings. There are a lot of surprises here, with Ernest Bloch's splendid Second Quartet, Samuel Barber's entire Quartet in B Minor, from before his famous Adagio, arranged for string orchestra for Toscanini, drowned out the rest of his work. We also can't resist the Second Quartet that Arthur Honegger wrote in his youth, inspired by his admiration for Beethoven's quartets; or the work by Hanns Jelinek, the now-somewhat-forgotten Austrian composer who studied under Berg, and, last but not least, Alban Berg's spellbinding Lyric Suite. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 27 april 2018 | B Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 étoiles de Classica
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 20 april 2018 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
On the occasion of the bicentenary of Charles Gounod’s birth, this first complete string quartet (including two unpublished ones) on period instruments reveals an unknown part of his production, dominated by vocal music. Composer of the very end of the 19th century, Gounod and his five quartets are the worthy heir of the Viennese classicism tradition. The lyrical accents of the Quartet in G minor or the airy lightness of the Scherzo of the Petit Quatuor evoke nothing less than the names of Schubert and Mendelssohn. The musicians of the Quatuor Cambini-Paris (Julien Chauvin, Karine Crocquenoy, Pierre-Éric Nimylowycz and Atsushi Sakaï) gracefully reproduce these pages, full of gravity and sweetness. © Aparté/Little Tribeca
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 2 maart 2018 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 2 maart 2018 | Warner Classics

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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 23 februari 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 étoiles de Classica
The Elias Quartet has already recorded a complete cycle of Beethoven quartets at Wigmore Hall that was extremely well received by the critics. Now Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant, Martin Saving and Marie Bitlloch present on Alpha an album devoted to Schumann: "We have always had a special affection for Robert Schumann’s Third Quartet. It’s one of the first works we played together. Since then we have often come back to it, as if to a splendid and familiar region that we think we know thoroughly, but which yields up new secrets with each visit. The Second Quartet, on the other hand, was a much later and more complicated discovery for us. The writing is so personal, so unidiomatic for the instruments, so full of nuances, that to begin with we found it hard to come up with a unanimous voice for this work. The enthusiasm of the first movement can easily turn into anxiety if you push it a bit too far. In the slow movement, the texture is sometimes so bare that to convey its tenderness you have to sustain it with great fervour. The capricious Scherzo is bristling with rhythmic pitfalls and requires a diabolical mastery of the instruments, while the Finale is an endless explosion of joy!". © Alpha Classics
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 16 februari 2018 | Calliope

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 étoiles de Classica
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 26 januari 2018 | La Dolce Volta

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Two years after its very well received recording of three Schumann quartets, Quatuor Hermès – created about ten years ago – is turning its attention to three staple French masterpieces: Ravel and Debussy’s quartets (two iconic figures of their − relatively young − generation who have been coupled on disc again and again, but who would complain?) surrounding Dutilleux’s quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night). Three very unique quartets, as each of their composers only wrote a single one. For the record, Debussy’s quartet still belongs to the 19th century as it was composed in 1893 in a language formally borrowing from Franck (even if the chord progressions already feel like classic Debussy), while Ravel’s inaugurates the 20th century in 1903 with Faurean notes in abundance… On the other hand, Dutilleux waited to achieve maturity (1976) to write his. An inescapable monument of 20th French chamber repertoire, played with finesse and transparency by Quatuor Hermès, cementing their place among the elite quartets of our time. © SM/Qobuz
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 26 januari 2018 | RCA Red Seal

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Since it was formed in 2007, the Stradivari Quartet has built up an enviable international reputation for itself both through its concerts and recordings. Throughout all of this it has remained in close contact with its audiences, who often follow the players as a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. The Stradivari Quartet is undoubtedly one of the most interesting ensembles currently before the public. All four members are additionally engaged in other artistic activities. The Quartet gives around forty concerts a year in Switzerland and throughout the world and has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art etc. The Stradivari Quartet performs a wide range of music, while concentrating increasingly on major cycles of works by a single composer and generally spread out over an entire season. March 2017 was Schumann’s turn… The composer’s earliest plans to tackle the ne plus ultra of chamber music date back to 1838, when he wrote to Clara: “I’m looking forward to the quartets as the piano is becoming too limiting for me; it’s especially strange that I write almost everything in canon form and that it isn’t until afterwards that I discover the voices that echo the melodic line, often in inversions, retrograde rhythms etc.” Although Schumann completed the String Quartets Op. 41 in a matter of barely two months in 1842, they had been preceded by a lengthy gestational process. He gained access to the medium by studying the classics: Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. It is remarkable, though, that he never tackled the string quartet again after 1842. © SM/Qobuz
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Kwartetten - Verschenen op 7 juli 2017 | Coviello Classics

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