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    Quote Originally Posted by newyorkconversation View Post
    the Takacs will be performing all 6 Bartok quartets this fall in New York: https://www.92y.org/event/takacs-quartet
    They did the same in Boston a couple of years ago. They were terrific, but I have to confess that I found it to be too much Bartok in one evening (three quartets in two concerts).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    They did the same in Boston a couple of years ago. They were terrific, but I have to confess that I found it to be too much Bartok in one evening (three quartets in two concerts).
    There's no such thing!
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    Glad to see we're off headphones now!!!!

    There is indeed no such thing as too much Bartók.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    They did the same in Boston a couple of years ago. They were terrific, but I have to confess that I found it to be too much Bartok in one evening (three quartets in two concerts).
    I saw the Orion Quartet play the set in the same manner. One of the most intense concert-going experiences I've ever had. And the audience as a whole seemed as rapt as I was.

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    This one is available as Amazon download for a reasonable price.
    A1S1NM+S7KL._SS500_.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Bart%C3%B3k-C.../dp/B075X4PX9Y

    I did a look up and these are late 50's recordings remastered. I have been listening through the Amazon music app and do not hear sound issues. Not digital recordings, no. But the warm, analog stereo sound of that period. It's like listening to an LP without the pops and cracks. Reviews you can find on these reissues are favorable. What I have heard so far I like. A different take from my other recordings of Emerson and Ramor.

    My impressions are clean and clear presentation. Not fussy or over interpreted. Not middle of the road by any means. You hear all of Bartok's intentions distinctly. In my mind it is a very Pierre Boulez approach, if that makes sense to anyone but me.

    Will I purchase? Not sure yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    This one is available as Amazon download for a reasonable price.
    A1S1NM+S7KL._SS500_.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Bart%C3%B3k-C.../dp/B075X4PX9Y

    I did a look up and these are late 50's recordings remastered.
    I imagine that these are the same recordings in physical form:

    bartok_faq.jpg

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    I must confess I passed up the Takacs all-Bartok program in Berkeley last week. Bad timing, too far, and high prices, even after discounts. With nothing else on the horizon I'm a little mad at myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    I saw the Orion Quartet play the set in the same manner. One of the most intense concert-going experiences I've ever had. And the audience as a whole seemed as rapt as I was.
    My wife and I saw the Shanghai Quartet play all six quartets in one day back in 2012. 1, 3, and 5 at 4:30; a lengthy intermission; then 2, 4, and 6 at 8:00. It was fantastic. I never tire of these remarkable works. I can only imagine that the musicians must have been physically and mentally spent at the end of that evening.

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    These threads on Bartok's quartets have reminded me I've neglected these outstanding works lately. I'm listening to the 3rd SQ right now.

    I have the cycle by the Belcea Quartet. I find the performances excellent. Thus far I haven't felt the need to supplement my collection with any other recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    This one is available as Amazon download for a reasonable price.
    A1S1NM+S7KL._SS500_.jpg
    https://www.amazon.com/Bart%C3%B3k-C.../dp/B075X4PX9Y

    I did a look up and these are late 50's recordings remastered. I have been listening through the Amazon music app and do not hear sound issues. Not digital recordings, no. But the warm, analog stereo sound of that period. It's like listening to an LP without the pops and cracks. Reviews you can find on these reissues are favorable. What I have heard so far I like. A different take from my other recordings of Emerson and Ramor.

    My impressions are clean and clear presentation. Not fussy or over interpreted. Not middle of the road by any means. You hear all of Bartok's intentions distinctly. In my mind it is a very Pierre Boulez approach, if that makes sense to anyone but me.

    Will I purchase? Not sure yet.
    Many months later and Amazon has pulled this listing for prime members. They do this frequently, I am guessing to get you to purchase. And it worked with me. I went ahead and added it to my permanent collection.
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    I just post here to say that I’m exploring Wolfgang Rihm’s quartets at the moment and I think anyone who appreciates the Bartok cycle would appreciate the Rihm just as much if not more, the earlier Rihm quartets were, I think, informed by the Bartok. I’m close to saying the Rihm is one of the very “greatest” post war string quartet cycles.
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    At last, SONY releases this formerly French import-only set, recorded in 1963 in glorious analog sound. With a slipcover, you might miss it...

    The slipcover:

    The 2-CD inside

    To confuse things even further, the Juilliard released a version from the 1950s, and a later one recorded in 1981:



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    Yup, that movement reminds me of Beethoven.

    I have the Emerson recordings. I have some trouble appreciating #6. I most get #4, #3, and #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORigel View Post
    Yup, that movement reminds me of Beethoven.

    I have the Emerson recordings. I have some trouble appreciating #6. I most get #4, #3, and #1.
    6 is maybe not his best work; I haven't heard 1 and 2, or if I have, I've forgotten. I like 3, 4 and 5. And I can't remember if I've ever heard Emerson Quartet play them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    6 is maybe not his best work; I haven't heard 1 and 2, or if I have, I've forgotten. I like 3, 4 and 5. And I can't remember if I've ever heard Emerson Quartet play them.
    I think the Emerson Quartet's recording is too pretty; Bartok ought to be played harsher.

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