Bartok String Quartets Nos.1 6

Joseph Joachim Quartet - Schuster: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (2017)

Joseph Joachim Quartet - Schuster: String Quartets Nos. 1-6
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 59:22 min | 268 MB
Label: Pan Classics | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

Joseph Schuster (1748-1812), born in Dresden, was best known in his day for his church music and operas. These six quartets date from 1780. They are commissioned by the Marquis Giuseppe Ximenes, a keen amateur violinist living in Padua, who had earlier given the young Mozart the commission for his oratorio La Betulia Liberata.
Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)

Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:57:05 | 405 MB
Label: Hungaroton

The inclusion of a fine performance of the Divertimento composed just before the 6th Quartet is a welcome bonus on this set. The recordings date from 1966 (quartets) and 1964 (Divertimento, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra led by Vilmos Tátrai), and they sound very good, though dry compared with the excellent Takacs recording, which is justly regarded as one of the finest chamber music recordings yet made. Among the three I would recommend Takacs for those getting to know the music and wanting a 'best' recording performance, sound, the whole ball of wax. Otherwise, one can't go wrong with any of these (the Vegh set being a personal favorite), and the inclusion of the Divertimento makes this Tátrai recording a very attractive choice.

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12  Music

Posted by tapaz9 at Jan. 2, 2014
Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers | 327 Mb
Label:Caprice - Date:1988

Hilding Rosenberg (1892 – 1985), the patriarch of 20th century Swedish music, wrote altogether 14 string quartets , the first in 1920 and the final more than half a century later. This makes him one of the most prolific composers of chamber music in Scandinavia. Also artistically, by virtue of his very personal approach, his power of expression and his technical mastery, Rosenberg’s production is truly outstanding.
This is the the first CD in a series of 6, also available in a boxed set. It contains the quartets No. 1, 6, and 12 performed by the Kyndel Quratet, The Gotland Quartet and The Copenhagen String Quartet.
Wieniawski String Quartet - Krzysztof Meyer: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 & 8 (2009)

Wieniawski String Quartet - Krzysztof Meyer: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 & 8 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:35 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.570776

Like his more famous compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki, Poland's Krzysztof Meyer experimented freely with avant-garde musical techniques early in his career before evolving towards more traditional yet still complex and challenging compositional parameters. While he has compiled a large and impressive body of orchestral and vocal work, I find his chamber music most compelling, especially his 12 string quartets, which I rate among the best written during the past four decades.
Ardeo Quartet - Charles Koechlin: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2006)

Ardeo Quartet - Charles Koechlin: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: AR Ré-Sé | # AR20063 | Time: 01:01:36

Admirers of the string quartets of Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel will be happy to discover the refined string quartets of Charles Koechlin, a contemporary of those composers who wrote in a rather similar vein. These attractive chamber works, like the rest of Koechlin's oeuvre, are quite obscure and had been unduly neglected until the Ardeo Quartet chose to record them for its debut CD on Ar Re-Se. The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 51, is dated 1911-1913, though it appears to have gestated since 1902, and the String Quartet No. 2, Op. 57, was mostly composed between 1911 and 1916, though its sketches show some material going back to 1909; both works therefore partake of musical styles developed between fin de siècle Impressionism and the later innovations of Erik Satie and Les Six, but these works reveal a stronger emphasis on the former. The sweet, placid music that flows in both quartets is balanced by some jaunty, folk-like elements and occasional flirtations with changing time signatures and polytonality, but the calm atmosphere of these quartets is largely undisturbed by the encroachments of modernism.
Stenhammar Quartet - Kabalevsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)

Stenhammar Quartet - Kabalevsky: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 62:54 min | 298 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017

Dmitri Kabalevsky only composed two string quartets. His first quartet of 1928 from his late study years with Nikolai Yakovievich Myaskovsky is a work structured with great refinement not only fulfilling academic requirements but also representing a remarkably independent achievement. His second quartet from the period immediately after World War II very dramatically reflects the events of the preceding years. Here, Kabalevsky produced a work of extraordinary eloquence with a clear per aspera ad astra arising from the horrors of the war.
Pavel Haas Quartet - Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata for two Violins (2009)

Pavel Haas Quartet - Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Sonata for two Violins (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:40 | 297 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Supraphon | Catalog: 39572

The Pavel Haas Quartet, one of the very finest chamber ensembles of the present time, earned for their first two CDs (Janáček, Pavel Haas) numerous prestigious accolades (Classic FM Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, Cannes MIDEM Classical Award, etc.). With the Prokofiev pieces featured on this album the Quartet has for the first time entered the field of the Russian (or, if you will, international) repertoire.

Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Oct. 18, 2017
Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2016)

Reinhold Quartett - Albert: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:17 min | 345 MB
Label: CPO | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2016

Scottish-born German composer Eugen Francois Charles dAlbert (1864-1932) began his musical career as a pianist. As years passed, he began focusing more on composing, and produced 21 operas, and a variety of piano, chamber, vocal, and orchestral works. The works chosen for this album are his String Quartet op. 11 in E flat major, and String Quartet op. 7 in A minor. These are the only two string quartets that dAlbert wrote. The Reinhold-Quartett is Dietrich Reinhold and Tobias Haupt, violin, Norbert Tunze, viola, and Christoph Vietz, cello.
Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4 (2015) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 4 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 80:10 minutes | 1,56 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Covers & Digital booklet

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet is still a young ensemble as string quartets go. It has nevertheless become established as one of the most exciting quartets around, both in its home country, the U.S.A., and elsewhere, recently being shortlisted for a BBC Music Magazine Award. With their début disc on BIS, the Eschers launch a three-disc cycle of Mendelssohn's string quartets…
Jerusalem Quartet - Bela Bartok: String Quartets Nos. 2, 4 & 6 (2016)

Jerusalem Quartet - Béla Bartók: String Quartets Nos. 2, 4 & 6 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 351 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902235 | Time: 01:18:50

The string quartets of Béla Bartók punctuate the evolution of his style and the turning points of his existence. From the Second Quartet (1915-17) reflecting the period of World War One and his troubled personal life, through the Fourth whose exploration of rhythm, tonality and timbre produces magnificent and unprecedented sonorities in its ‘night music’, to the unbearable anguish of the Sixth (1939), as his dream of fraternity was shattered against the rise of nationalism and fascism, the Jerusa lem Quartet’s programme brings us the essence of Bartók's genius. Expect reviews in Classical music press for these hm artists with an extensive, acclaimed back catalogue for the label.