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Bela Bartók (1881-1945)
String Quartets no.5 & 6
String Quartet No. 5, Sz.102
1. Allegro (7'38)
2. Adagio (5'36)
3. Scherzo (5'04)
4. Andante (4'54)
5 Allegro vivace ( 6'57)
String Quartet No. 6, Sz.114
6. mesto - Piu mosso, pesante - Vivace ( 7'37)
7. Mesto - Marcia (7'57)
8. Mesto -Burletta : Moderato (7'10)
9. Mesto (7'04)
QUATUOR ARCANTO
Antje Weithaas & Daniel Sepec, violins
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
1CD de 64' / 2007


The Bartók quartets occupy a place importante as Beethoven's in the history oh the genre -and of music in general. Tha last two, written in 1934 and 1939 respectively, bear powerful witness to the creative attitude of a composer engaged in a phase of uncmopromising experimentation while still remaining closely involved in events in Europe on the eve of the Second World War. COmposed shortly before Bartók went into exile in the USA, the hearternding Quartet no.6 was to be his farewell to the form.
This is the first recording of the Arcanto Quartet.

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