Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome II: Quatuor Nos 3 & 4 (original pressing)

# Composer: Béla Bartók
# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 16
# Label: Astrée | AS 68
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (1.43GB), 24-bit/96kHz (737MB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (198MB)
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The Végh Quartet was a Hungarian string quartet founded in 1940 and led by its first violinist Sándor Végh for 40 years. The quartet was based in Budapest until it departed Hungary in 1946. It is particularly known for its recordings of the Beethoven (recorded twice – 1952 mono and 1972-4 stereo) and Bartók cycles. The quartet disbanded in 1980.


I have never felt so completely involved in this music. Listening to these quartets is a revelation. This album (Tome II) contains the thorniest works: quartets 3 and 4. Listening to them together, as played by the Végh Quartet, I sensed the distillation of all that can be expressed in music within these highly concentrated forms. Yet these are earthy, swaggering performances at the same time — physically and intellectually stimulating.
Howard G. Brown, amazon.com

Track listing:

Side One
Troisième Quatuor (1927), Sz. 85
01 – a) Prima Parte. Moderato
        b) Seconda Parte. Allegro
        c) Ricapitulazione Della Prima Parte. Moderato
        d) Coda. Allegro Molto

Side Two
Quatrième Quatuor (1928), Sz. 91
02 – I. Allegro
03 – II. Prestissimo, Con Sordino
04 – III. Non Troppo Lento
05 – IV. Allegretto Pizzicato
06 – V. Allegro Molto

Recorded July 1972 at Musica Théâtre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.


Paul Szabo – cello
Georges Janzer – viola
Sandor Végh – 1st violin
Sandor Zölty – 2nd violin

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12 thoughts on “Quatuor Végh – Bartók: Les Quatuors – Tome II: Quatuor Nos 3 & 4 (original pressing)”

  1. Harmonic dissonance is a strange description, but somehow Bartok made artistic consonance of it all.
    Howard Brown’s comments above express the sense I got of this at first.
    But after listening awhile, I came to like it a little more.
    This is hardly Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Brahms, but Bartok made it work, and the quartet of players are great.
    Thanks to all involved.
    I think after hearing this, the American opera was not so far out for you, Jean Luc-
    though I do not see where Steve mentioned you as a benefactor in this gift.
    Thank you Steve et al.. anyway! Bravo

  2. My first listen to these miracles of sound creations, was with the Emerson Quartet. I look forward to hearing these, (new) for me soundscapes.
    Thank you

  3. Thank you for this gem; both the music and the performance are outstanding. In addition to these basic excellences your rip are also outstanding. Listening to these chamber works are among the best adventures into the highest level of MUSIC. So it is a great thank for you, Nightowl.

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