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    Default Juilliard Quartet Bartók

    I'm interested in the legendary Juilliard Quartet Bartók cycle recorded in the '60s, pictured here:



    ... but I can't seem to find it on CD. Does anyone here have this cycle on CD? All I can find on CD is the later '80s set and the 1950 cycle.

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    It available as a download

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    You just beat me Triplets.
    flamencosketches see this:
    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...rdings-1949-52
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    You just beat me Triplets.
    flamencosketches see this:
    https://www.prestomusic.com/classica...rdings-1949-52
    Apparently unavailable from Presto in the U.S. Amazon seems to have it as an MP3 download.

    It was my first Bartok cycle.
    Last edited by jegreenwood; Mar-05-2020 at 14:30.

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    Another try then
    Bookbutler

    B00005UV71


    See post by wkasimer
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    The 1963 cycle was issued by French Sony about twenty years ago:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00005UV71

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    That link works for me. The other Presto link did not.

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    I've got the 1963 cycle and the 1981 cycle by the Juilliards. Both are very good, the earlier one more consistent. Neither is among my favourites though, other sets have more pazzazz and authentic Hungarian flavour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Apparently unavailable from Presto in the U.S. Amazon seems to have it as an MP3 download.

    It was my first Bartok cycle.
    My computer shows both the mp3 and the flac available in the states

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    Wasn't the sixties Julliard Qt cycle used asa prop in a Woody Allen movie? Allen is playing a nervous guy trying to impress a new girl coming to his apartment, and Diane Keaton is sort of a mentor to him? He worries about whether he should play the Julliard on the tt when she comes vs something jazzy, and she advises him to play the jazz but have the Bartok sitting prominently on the coffee table?

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    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....qvH-Z%2BBL.jpg

    Are we sure that the version above isn't the 1963 version? The Amazon reviewers seem to think it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Wasn't the sixties Julliard Qt cycle used asa prop in a Woody Allen movie? Allen is playing a nervous guy trying to impress a new girl coming to his apartment, and Diane Keaton is sort of a mentor to him? He worries about whether he should play the Julliard on the tt when she comes vs something jazzy, and she advises him to play the jazz but have the Bartok sitting prominently on the coffee table?
    "Play It Again, Sam"

    It started as a stage play (with both Allen and Keaton). I remember seeing it and have a copy of the script. The jazz album was Thelonius Monk. The Bartok was to be Quartet No. 5. The property plot lists album covers for those two artists but doesn't go into detail about any particular recording.
    Last edited by jegreenwood; Mar-07-2020 at 00:37.

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    I do have to watch but I am pretty sure the movie featured a brief glimpse of the album shown in the OP. Of course, in lieu of today’s story about Allen, his movies might be removed from public accessibility...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    Wasn't the sixties Julliard Qt cycle used asa prop in a Woody Allen movie? Allen is playing a nervous guy trying to impress a new girl coming to his apartment, and Diane Keaton is sort of a mentor to him? He worries about whether he should play the Julliard on the tt when she comes vs something jazzy, and she advises him to play the jazz but have the Bartok sitting prominently on the coffee table?
    That's funny. I haven't seen that one but that's classic Woody Allen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....qvH-Z%2BBL.jpg

    Are we sure that the version above isn't the 1963 version? The Amazon reviewers seem to think it is
    I believe that is indeed the 1963 set, but who knows. There are so many Juilliard Quartet Bartók recordings going around.

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