Notes & Reviews:
The combination of Haydn's Opus 77/1, Nordheim's Duplex, and Bartok's Fifth String Quartet offers a recording filled with fantastic works, filled with contrasts, virtuosity, and beauty. These works are undisputable masterpieces.
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I found it a wonderful recording, once my ears acclimated to the sound. Arne Nordheim (born in Norway in 1931) wrote Duplex in 1992; it is scored for violin and viola, he wrote it so well that it sounded like a quartet. The Bartok itself is excellent. It's similar to the Takacs Quartet's London recording - polished, full of vitality. The tensions between the mystery, the apprehension, and the subtle smirk are palpable.
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 77 no 1/H 3 no 81 "Lobkowitz"
- Ensemble: Engegardkvartetten
- Running Time: 21 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Written: 1799
Nordheim, Arne : Duplex, for violin & viola
- Performers: Arvid Engegard (Violin); Atle Sponberg (Violin); Juliet Jopling (Viola)
- Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 1990
Bartók, Béla : Quartet for Strings no 5, Sz 102
- Running Time: 30 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1934