Párkányí quartet – Béla Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Remastered) (2006/2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

(Last Updated On: June 22, 2022)

Párkányí quartet – Béla Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Remastered) (2006/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 59:28 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Classical
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The first two of the six String Quartets written by the composer of The Bluebard’s Castle, bringing together the most perfectly balanced between its two night musics, framed by three pillars of an arc built with ‘country’ material as authentic as it is violent (5th), and finally, the distressed, funereal farewell of the 6th with its sad (‘mesto’) ritornello.

“In Bartók’s first two quartets, the Párkányi Quartet does its finest work in slow moving, introspective passages. For example, although the composer writes “molto espressivo” over the First Quartet’s long-winding introduction, the musicians’ near-threadbare sonority and minimal use of vibrato underlines the music’s emotional proximity to late Beethoven. Paradoxically, they bring more tonal heft and lyrical warmth to the muted portions of the Second Quartet’s lento finale, allowing the lush harmonies to sexily resonate. But when it comes to clarifying Bartók’s frequent changes in tempo and pulse, the Párkányis prove less adroit than the brisker, more effortlessly integrated Takacs performances on Decca in the Second’s central movement and the First’s Finale. Praga’s engineering is robust enough to nearly transform the Párkányis into an orchestra, if not so agile a quartet as any one of our three references.” (Jed Distler, Classical Today)

Tracklist:
01. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40: I. Lento – attaca (10:14)
02. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40: II. Poco a poco accelerando all’allegretto – Introduzione allegro – attaca (09:05)
03. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Sz. 40: III. Allegro Vivace (12:33)
04. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: I. Moderato (10:28)
05. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: II. Allegro molto capriccioso (08:00)
06. Párkányí quartet – Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: III. Lento (09:05)

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