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Bartók: The Six String Quartets / Fine Arts Quartet

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
>Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114
>Word, Spoken : The Fine Arts Quartet Plays Bartok. Discussion of Bartok String Quartet no 1
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This set was very highly regarded during its LP-life which lasted over a quartet-century. It is specially priced as three CDs for the price of two. Here are some review clips: I dont know where you will find better Bartok playing... urgently concentrated playing of imagination and virtuosity. Chicago Tribune; Splendid Jack Diether, -American Record Guide; Strong, vital and superbly accurate! Audio; Revelatory and admirable in every way. Saturday Review

BBC Music Magazine
The remastered recordingsà sound remarkably fresh and clear for the period in which they were made. Balancing technical brilliance with emotional intensity, the Fine Arts are particularly convincing in the middle quartets.

New York Times
The Fine Arts Quartet is an excellent ensemble: secure in intonation, musically alert, precise in workmanship. It makes a good showing in the Bart=k quartets, approaching the music with sensitivity and instrumental strength



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 7/Sz 40
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 17
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 28 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 3, Sz 85
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 4, Sz 91
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 22 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Quartet for Strings no 6, Sz 114
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 29 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Word, Spoken : The Fine Arts Quartet Plays Bartók. Discussion of Bartók String Quartet no 1
  • Performers: Leonard Sorkin (Violin); Irving Ilmer (Viola); George Sopkin (Cello); Abram Loft (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic