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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is what authenticity means., 1 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Bartók: 6 String Quartets (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
These recordings were made in the early 1960s by a quartet which knew the works intimately. The sound is mellow, well-balanced and slightly limited in dynamic range, a contrast with more recent performances designed to project in a modern concert hall. Likewise the Hungarians under-play the excitement and risk of the more extrovert sections; this is particularly true of the Third and Fourth Quartet, less so in the Fifth (of which they made the first recording). But in compensation there is the unmistakeable sense that they feel every phrase, that they are playing music that speaks to them in their hearts. The performance of the First Quartet is more moving, more emotionally convincing, than any other I have heard, and in the cycle as a whole I have never realised so directly how many phrases come straight from a Hungarian folk tradition. The slow movements, particularly in the Fourth Quartet, flow admirably, unlike many distinguished quartets who lose direction in them. The players use a wide range of vibrato; at one breathtaking moment in the Second Quartet they do without it altogether (as well as in other places where Bartok specifies this effect), though there are times when the leader goes to the other extreme. They also generally avoid failures to balance pairs of parts, a fault that beset the Belcea Quartet's recent recording.
This is not a set to introduce listeners to the excitement and energy of the Bartok quartets (go to the Emersons for that), but I have found it an ideal corrective to the more modern, aggressive, florescent-light approach. These hugely rewarding works amply repay different approaches and the Hungarians have greatly deepened my understanding, and my emotional response, to the music.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances, 18 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Bartók: 6 String Quartets (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
This classic set of Bartok Quartets falls just behind the Vegh Quartet (Bartok - String Quartets Complete) in my book as one of the most authentic and reliable sets of the Bartok Quartets. The Hungarian Quartet are rather more sober than the Vegh and provide a very reliable guide to this music whilst possibly missing the last ounce of imagination of the Vegh. The recordings were made in 1962 but the sound is truly excellent; niether too close or too distant. In summary this set gives authentic voice to the music and would make a good choice for those new to these extraordinary quartets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Together with the Tatrai set this is probably my favourite version of the several I've heard (including Takacs, 31 Aug. 2014
Together with the Tatrai set this is probably my favourite version of the several I've heard (including Takacs, Juiliiard, Tokyo etc). It's different in some key respects. The recording is detailed and clear, and this helps bring out the many subtle details in the playing. This version is all about texture and inner parts. You will hear things you don't hear in other sets, and tempi are slower than those who employ a more dramatic style. But the architecture is nevertheless there, and there is a coherent musical argument going through each movement. The music flows naturally. If you want drama try the Takacs or the Juilliard. Neither satisfy me as much as these do. These are recordings you can come back to again and again and find freshness, depth and micro detail. Idiomatic and very rewarding.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magyar Maestri, 25 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Bartók: 6 String Quartets (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
These are probably the closest readings of the Bartok quartet cycle to what the composer intended. Zoltan Szekely, the leader of the Hungarian String Quartet was a friend of Bartok. They gave the first performance of the 5th Quartet and studied it with the composer, so this set contains the definitive authentic recording of No.5 as the composer intended.

These recordings have an appropriately rustic feel, the musicianship and depth of feeling is always of paramount importance, and because of the Bartok association with this ensemble, I personally much prefer this version over the some of the more glossy and overblown interpretations available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording, 16 May 2014
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This review is from: Bartók: 6 String Quartets (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
Bartók's music is called 'not easy'. I think that is true but this recording gives such energy and depth that Bartók makes a profound impression. The recording sounds crisp, warm and detailed. The energy is profound and sweeps the listener of his feet.

I keep on listening and hearing new things. Recommended for everyone who wants to discover new musical worlds.
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