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Bartok: String Quartets No. 1 & 5 / Meta4 Quartet

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Formed in 2001, Meta4 is one of the most internationally successful of Finnish string quartets, having won first prize in the 2004 Int'l Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, and also awarded a special prize for best Shostakovich interpretation. In 2007 the quartet won first prize in the Int'l Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Meta4 was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008 - 10. This follow up to their successful 2011 Shostakovich quartet recording features two more 20th c. chamber music masterpieces, Béla Bartók's first and fifth string quartets.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Meta4 connect well with Bartok's sense of humour...The more Romantic First Quartet is lovingly indulged, occasionally with cosseting portamentos...The overall impression, performance-wise (and I mean this with a maximum of respect, even encouragement), is of works in progress.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Bela Bartok's six string quartets are classics of their genre and have been recorded many times. These performances of the first and fifth are quite individual. There is also a lot of attention given to volume, and many passages are played with no vibrato in order to give us all the voice leading in a clear manner with suitable personality. It is a sensitive approach that yields everything from tragedy to pure silliness. They end by almost convincing me that Bartok was a real nut. The players are accurate and have thought this out carefully. I am inclined to recommend it to you to see what your impressions might be. The balances are fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lisztzentrum Raiding, Austria (04/09/2014-04/12/2014).



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
  • Ensemble: Meta4 Quartet
  • Notes: Lisztzentrum Raiding, Austria (04/09/2014-04/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
  • Notes: Lisztzentrum Raiding, Austria (04/09/2014-04/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934