Bartok: Complete String Quartets
The Heath Quartet
[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD - released 6/Oct/2017 ]
"There is real excitement in the playing and the soundscape is outstanding. This recording narrowly edges out a release by the superb Chiara quartet, which, uniquely, plays the music without scores." AudAud.com Best of 2017
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
The Passing of A Black Star
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 18/Aug/2017 ]
"The Passing of a Black Star is a tribute to David Bowie. Like many Bowie fans, I was shocked and saddened by his passing. The inspiration for this piece was Bowie's final album Blackstar, and the work encapsulates my emotions following his...
W. A. MOZART
The Budapest string Quartet plays Mozart
The Budapest String Quartet, with Walter Trampler & Milton Katims (viola)
[ Sony Classical Masters / 5 CD Box Set - released 19/May/2018 ]
The Budapest Quartet was the quartet in residence at the Library of Congress from 1938 until 1962, a position created so that they could make regular use of the Library's collection of Stradivarius instruments. Their regular performances at the...
JOHANNES BRAHMS / FRANZ SCHUBERT / ROBERT SCHUMANN
Brahms / Schubert / Schumann: Quartets & Quintets
Jerusalem Quartet, with Sharon Kam (clarinet) & Alexander Melnikov (piano)
[ Harmonia Mundi Key Artist & Ensemble Sets / 3 CD Box Set - released 1/Nov/2015 ]
For the first time in 3 CD sets, discover these major recording projects matured over many years by the key artists and ensembles of harmonia mundi.
Schubert: Chamber Works - Piano Trios / Trout Quintet / 'Arpeggione' Sonata / Notturno / Octet / etc
Jos van Immerseel (fortepiano) Anner Bylsma (cello) Vera Beths (violin) / L'Archibudelli
[ Sony Classical Vivarte / 5 CD Box Set - released 1/Mar/2018 ]
"Bylsma plays the Arpeggione Sonata on a five-string violoncello piccolo. The result is wonderfully convincing; the light, reedy tone, often with minimal vibrato, is very appealing" (Gramophone)