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String Quartet No 4, Sz91

composer
1928

 
The Fourth Quartet is an astounding compendium of Bartók’s art. In structure and texture, in its masterly transformation of organic material, and in much else besides, it stands with its three precursors as a work of genius: utterly new and equally different, the composer was nonetheless correct in emphasizing its traditional lines, which in the Third derived from older, primitive, structures.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1996

Le Quatrième Quatuor est un condensé surprenant de l’art de Bartók: en structure et en texture, dans sa magistrale transformation de matériau organique et dans beaucoup d’autres détails encore, il forme, avec les trois precedents, une œuvre de genie; totalement nouvelle et aussi complètement différente, le compositeur avait néanmoins raison de souligner ses lignes traditionnelles, qui, dans le Troisième Quatuor, découlent de plus anciennes structures primitives.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert Matthew-Walker © 1996
Français: Alain Midoux

Das 4. Quartett bietet ein erstaunliches Kompendium von Bartóks Kunst: In Sachen Struktur und Aufbau, in seiner meisterhaften Bearbeitung organischen Materials und in manch anderer Hinsicht steht es zusammen mit seinen drei Vorgängern als Geniestreich da: Obwohl es ganz und gar neu und anders wirkt, hatte der Komponist dennoch recht damit, auf seine traditionellen Züge hinzuweisen, die beim 3. Quartett aus älteren, primitiven Strukturen hervorgegangen waren.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert Matthew-Walker © 1996
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Bartók: String Quartets
CDD220032CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service

Details

Movement 1: Allegro
Track 4 on CDD22003 CD2 [5'57] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Prestissimo, con sordino
Track 5 on CDD22003 CD2 [2'59] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Movement 3: Non troppo lento
Track 6 on CDD22003 CD2 [5'42] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Movement 4: Allegretto pizzicato
Track 7 on CDD22003 CD2 [2'39] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Movement 5: Allegro molto
Track 8 on CDD22003 CD2 [5'56] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service

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