LABELS: Auvidis Valois
WORKS: String Quartet No. 1; String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 3; String Quartet No. 4; String Quartet No. 5; String Quartet No. 6
PERFORMER: Végh Quartet
CATALOGUE NO: V 4809 ADD/DDD 1972/86
Reissued as a memorial to the great Hungarian violinist Sándor Végh, who died earlier this year, these performances of Bartók’s great masterpieces have a special authority, with the players responding almost instinctively to the music’s Eastern European colouring and complex rhythmic patterns. Employing the widest possible range of expression and dynamics, the interpretations remain practically unsurpassed on both musical and technical grounds, with the high-octane Fourth Quartet providing perhaps the most riveting playing of all.