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Bartok: Complete String Quartets / Alexander String Quartet

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  1. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, Sz. 40: I. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, Sz. 40: II. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, Sz. 40: III. Introduzione. Allegro vivace
  4. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85: I. Prima parte. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85: II. Seconda parte. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85: III. Ricapitulazione della prima parte. Moderato - IV. Coda. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102: II. Adagio molto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102: III. Scherzo. Alla bulgarese $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102: V. Finale. Allegro vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, Sz. 67: I. Moderato
  13. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, Sz. 67: II. Allegro molto capriccioso $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, Sz. 67: III. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: II. Prestissimo, con sordino $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: III. Non troppo lento $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: IV. Allegretto pizzicato $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: V. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114: I. Mesto - Più mosso, pesante - Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114: II. Mesto - Marcia $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114: III. Mesto - Burletta. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114: IV. Mesto - Molto tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2: I. Andante poco rubato - Allegro
  25. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2: II. Lento assai, tranquillo
  26. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 2: IV. Allegro - Allegretto simplice
  28. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bartók & Kodály — String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10: II. Andante. Quasi recitativo - Andante con moto - Allegro giocoso

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Alexander String Quartet brings to life the complete quartets of Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly in this new 3-CD release. Contemporaries and fellow ethnomusicologist-composers, Bartok and Kodaly wrote some of the most beautiful, beguiling, and ultimately influential string quartet music of the 20th century. Producer and multiple GrammyR winner Judith Sherman captured the recordings of these eight quartets under superb conditions, performed on the Ellen M. Egger Quartet of instruments by luthier Francis Kuttner.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Bartok's six quartets are among the most influential of the 20th Century. It is here that many "extended techniques" common in modern string writing, such as sul ponticello, col legno, and snap pizzicato, were first explored in depth. These quartets are also among the century's most recorded, so the Alexander Quartet's cycle has a lot of competition. For the most part, this release holds up well. The readings are precise, and the tone is rich and colorful. The best moments are the slow movements, such as 5:II and IV, which are beautifully rendered examples of Bartok's "night music" style. Disc 3 is an elegant reading of Kodaly's two quartets. They are attractive and much more accessible than Bartok's.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
  • Ensemble: Alexander String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10
  • Notes: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere, California, Unites States (2012-06-24_2012-06-27&2012-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?/?1916-03/1918