Highlight of the month

 

BARTÓK

Complete String Quartets

 

 

BARTÓK

Complete String Quartets

 

The string quartet was of central importance to Bartók throughout his career. His six quartets were written (between 1907 and 1939) at crucial turning points in the composer’s creative development. From the elegiac tone of Quartet no.1 (reflecting an unhappy love affair) to the sadness and wry parody of no.6, composed on the eve of World War II, by way of the mirror forms and atmospheric ‘night music’ of nos.4 and 5, they represent perhaps the biggest interpretative challenge in the genre alongside the Beethoven quartets. A challenge triumphantly met here by the Heath Quartet.

ALBUM DETAILS

 

 

GUARDIAN CD OF THE WEEK

**** “their performances deserve to be considered alongside the best ... the totality of the set is undeniably convincing.”

Andrew Clements – The Guardian, 7th June 2016

 

BBC RADIO 3 RECORD REVIEW DISC OF THE WEEK

 

“everything the critics enthused about at the time [of the Wigmore Hall concerts] is present and correct: the sense of music on the edge, performances impeccably prepared but surfing a wave of adrenaline. The combination of Beethovenian intensity of No. 1 to  the rustic folk rhythms and thrusting propulsion of No. 2, all the way to the eerie sadness and desolation of No. 6 … a fine achievement … the performance of the 6th and last quartet is quietly devastating.”

Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 Record Review, 11th June 2017

 


 

“The Heath Quartet play each with an electrifying intensity, maintaining an irresistible impetus and negotiating abrupt character changes with aplomb.”

Stephen Pettitt – The Sunday Times, 3rd June