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Zehetmair Quartett / Bela Bartok And Paul Hindemith
Album:Bela Bartok And Paul Hindemith Collection:Classical
Artist:Zehetmair Quartett Added:08/2007
Label:Ecm Records 

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Add Date:2008-11-30 Pull Date:2009-02-01 Charts:Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-11-16 
String quartets from a couple of mid-20th Century masters.

Bartok -- Edgy, abrasive work, with some deeply quiet segments.

1- Fast, with a strong dramatic mood. Blaring, dissonant violin alarms at about the halfway point -- cool.
2- Quite slow, like placid droplets in a pond
3- Upbeat, skippy, with a dark side of course
4- Tense twittering, not that slow or dark. A playful but mysterious effect.
5- Active, tumbling, fairly fast. Some parts even have a Carl Stalling-like feel (think Warner Bros. cartoons).

Hindemith -- Nicely heavyhanded at times but without the sharp angles of the Bartok, although track 9 gets rather bold. The more directly "musical" and normal-classical of the two quartets.

6- Sad
7- Fast, tense, dire. Nice standalone track.
8- Low-key transition segment. Very quiet start.
9- Strong-handed, with an early cello solo.
10- Dramatic pulsing, another strong, declarative movement

Track Listing
1.String Quartet No. 5, Allegro (Bela Bartok) 6.String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22, Mvt. 1 (Paul Hindemith)
2.String Quartet No. 5, Adagio Molto (Bela Bartok) 7.String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22, Mvt. 2 (Paul Hindemith)
3.String Quartet No. 5, Allegro (Bela Bartok) 8.String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22, Mvt. 3 (Paul Hindemith)
4.String Quartet No. 5, Allegro (Bela Bartok) 9.String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22, Mvt. 4 (Paul Hindemith)
5.String Quartet No. 5, Allegro (Bela Bartok) 10.String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22, Mvt. 5 (Paul Hindemith)