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...
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)
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...