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Bartok: Complete String Quartets Box set

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  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B000059OBK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A listener and reader on 18 Oct. 2008
This classic set of Bartok Quartets really deserves a review. For me it's about the best version of these pieces available, although the equally historic Hungarian Quartet on DG come a close second. It probably has the most Hungarian feel of any recordings of the quartets and the imagination and authenticity of the Vegh's playing is astounding. Next to them most other groups sound studied or academic. The recordings were made in 1972 but you would not know it as they have an ideal blend of air around the performers whilst being close enough to hear all the nuances of the playing. In summary this set is essential listening for these quartets and allows us to hear what the original performers (and friends of Bartok) made of this extraordinary music.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Total Bartok 20 Feb. 2003
By Howard G. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
I don't know what else to say. I have never felt so completely involved in this music (the Takacs recording comes very close, with state of the art sound -- I'm glad to have both sets). Listening to these quartets in sequence -- the 3 disks permit a chronological progression -- is a revelation, as one moves from the romantacism of the First Quartet to the final, elegaic Sixth. The 2nd disk contains the thorniest works: quartets 3 and 4. Listening to them together, as played by the Vegh Quartet, I sensed the distillation of all that can be expressed in music within these highly concentrated forms. Yet these are earthy, swaggering performances at the same time -- physically and intellectually stimulating.
"Now, even potted palms might rejoice
to hear this counterpoint, these lambent chords.
The infinitely baffled speakers voice
a heart-to-heart that leaves me wanting words."
I suspect the poet was thinking about Haydn or Beethoven,
but it applies here in spades.
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