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Bartok: String Quartets-No 2

Magazine article Gramophone

Bartok: String Quartets-No 2

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Bartok String Quartets--No 2, Op 17 Sz67; No 4, Sz91; No 6, Sz114 Jerusalem Quartet Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2235 (79' * DDD)

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Relistening to the Emerson Quartet's Gramophone Award-winning Bartok cycle for September's Classics Reconsidered, I was reminded of how, as recently as 1989, it was still considered remarkable for a Bartok quartet recording to be both accurate and pleasant on the ear. How things change: a generation on, this new recording from the Jerusalem Quartet is precise without ever being inflexible, and at the same time (or so it comes across) effortlessly, luminously beautiful.

It's not just a question of tone quality, though the Jerusalems make some gorgeous sounds. Listen to the misty quality that cellist Kyril Zlotnikov and viola player Ori Kam, in particular, bring to the opening of the Second Quartet's finale; equally, near the same movement's climax, how firmly and eloquently all four players voice the partially double-stopped answering phrases. …

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