[ SBS Deutsche Grammophon Eloquence / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 10 September 2013
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Indisputably one of the cornerstones of the string quartet repertoire, as well as one of the masterpieces of the 20th century, Bartók's six string quartets have been labeled 'the greatest quartets since Beethoven'. Now, for the first time, the six quartets have been compiled onto two (rather than three) CDs with scholarly notes by Arnold Whitall. When issued as a set on LP, it won the Gramophone Award for Best Chamber Music Recording.
"Recorded over 30 years ago, these emotionally incisive performances still hold their own. The precision in No. 4's scherzo movements is mind-boggling." (BBC Music Five Stars)