Metamorphosis: Bartók, Kurtág, Ligeti

Audio Samples

>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Metamorphoses nocturnes")
>Kurtág, György : Hommage a Mihaly Andras, 12 microludes for string quartet, Op. 13

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
>Ligeti, György : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Metamorphoses nocturnes")
>Kurtág, György : Hommage a Mihaly Andras, 12 microludes for string quartet, Op. 13
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Notes & Reviews:

It is often said that the essence of classical music lies in the principle of variation. However, when constant transformation of the musical material drives scores like these quartets by three eminent Hungarian composers of the 20th century, the resulting sonic impressions are very different. The governing principle here is metamorphosis, an idea as dear to Bartok as it was to the compatriots who succeeded him. On this fascinating CD, Cuarteto Casals offers a persuasive case for both concept and execution of this modernist compositional style.

"Played with wonderful color and just the right combination of sensuality and firm control."-American Record Guide

The Independent on Sunday
Cuarteto Casals hold their big-boned, heart-on-sleeve sound in reserve for much of this disc, unleashing it only in the brutal blur of the second movement of Métamorphoses nocturnes.

International Record Review
The Bartok Fourth Quartet receives a relatively 'classical', even cool account - not as relentlessly hard-driven as some other recent accounts of the piece but in itself perfectly valid (and certainly not as exhausting). On the technical elevel, it is practically perfect.

The Independent
Bartók's piece has perhaps the most unsettling opening of any string quartet - a discomfiting premonition of the technical challenges ahead, from the furtive prestissimo to the biting pizzicatos of the allegretto, all navigated with sensitivity to the changing moodscape by the Quarteto Casals

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (05/2009).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Quartet for Strings no 1 ("Métamorphoses nocturnes")
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1953-1954

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Hommage à Mihály András, 12 microludes for string quartet, Op. 13
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1978