Prime Music

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$5.54 + $3.99 shipping
Sold by Zoverstocks.

or
 
   
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $0.40 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Complete String Quartets

Bela Bartok , Vermeer Quartet Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Price: $19.97 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Thursday, Sept. 18? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 23 Songs, 2005 $5.99  
Audio CD, 2005 $19.97  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
listen  1. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, BB 52: I. Lento - attacca 9:05Album Only
listen  2. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, BB 52: II. Poco a poco accelerando - Allegretto 8:29Album Only
listen  3. String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7, BB 52: III. Introduzione - Allegro - attacca: - Allegro vivace11:54Album Only
listen  4. String Quartet No. 3, BB 93: I. Prima parte: Moderato - attacca 4:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 3, BB 93: II. Seconda parte: Allegro - attacca 5:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. String Quartet No. 3, BB 93: III. Ricapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato - Coda: Allegro molto 4:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: I. Allegro 7:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: II. Adagio molto 6:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: III. Scherzo 5:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: IV. Andante 5:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. String Quartet No. 5, BB 110: V. Finale: Allegro vivace 7:13$0.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
listen  1. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, BB 75: I. Moderato 9:47Album Only
listen  2. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, BB 75: II. Allegro molto capriccioso 7:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, BB 75: III. Lento 8:45Album Only
listen  4. String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: I. Allegro 6:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: II. Prestissimo, con sordino 3:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: III. Non troppo lento 5:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: IV. Allegretto pizzicato 2:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet No. 4, BB 95: V. Allegro molto 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quartet No. 6, BB 119: I. Mesto - Piu mosso, pesante - Vivace 7:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. String Quartet No. 6, BB 119: II. Mesto - Marcia 7:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. String Quartet No. 6, BB 119: III. Mesto - Burletta 7:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. String Quartet No. 6, BB 119: IV. Mesto 6:30$0.89  Buy MP3 


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed


Product Details

  • Performer: Vermeer Quartet
  • Composer: Bela Bartok
  • Audio CD (May 17, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0008JEKD6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
(8)
3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough music with warmth January 8, 2006
By E. Weed
Format:Audio CD
Other reviewers have already given us some excellent commentary about this release, so I'll just add a bit: I've been aware for some time that this group of quartets is considered by many to be amongst the greatest chamber music works of the 20th Century. I've tried getting to know this music through listening to several of the versions that have appeared over the years, including most mentioned in other reviews. This music does not fall easily on the ears (mine, anyway), and I've felt that the versions that I've heard (with the exception of the Vegh's) tend to emphasize the gritty toughness of the music, with special attention to the cutting edge (and virtuosic) nature of the work. And, to the uninitiated, this may cause the music to come across as rather cold and even bleak. (Some might argue that it IS cold and bleak, but I think there's more to it than that.)

The Vermeers approach these quartets with a warmer, even romantic bent (as others have noted). I like that. At least for purposes of "learning" these quartets, some listeners (like me) could very well prefer this approach. The sound is fairly warm, and a bit recessed, which, again, for some of us, may be just the thing.

If you don't know these quartets, and you want to give them a try, I think the Vermeers represent a great choice...economic, and with an emphasis on the warmer side of this challenging, but stimulating music.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Satisfying, Budget-Priced Bartók Quartets May 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The six string quartets by Bela Bartók are possibly the most important set of quartets written in the twentieth century -- some might nominate the Shostakovich Quartets for that honor, so there is some disagreement about it -- and they have been extremely fortunate in the recordings that been made of them. I'm probably forgetting some of the important complete sets, but among the notable recordings are those by the Vegh, Juilliard (twice), Emerson, Berg and Hagen Quartets. The Vermeer Quartet, long the resident string quartet at Northern Illinois University who have made substantial recordings of the central quartet repertoire, has entered the field with this super-budget release on the Naxos label. First violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi has been with the group since its founding; other members currently include Mathias Tacke, violin, Richard Young, viola, and Marc Johnson, cello.

These quartets limn the development of Bartók's style from the earliest 'exacerbated Romanticism' of the first two, through the increasingly astringent style of Nos. 3, 4 and 5, on through to a newly romanticized style in No. 6, all with their extraordinarily complex and deeply satisfying formal innovations including Bartók's all-but-patented arch form, variation form, modern counterpoint and a concealed sonata form. Also featured are quotations and reminiscences of folk music, including the deliciously decadent barrel-organ variation in the last movement of the Fifth, which on inspection turns out to be an inversion of the original theme.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Performances In Good Sound May 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to respectfully disagree with reviewer Scott Morrison's assessment of this effort by the Vermeer Quartet. If I were to assign a term paper grade, their readings would get an "A+/C+" rating (A+ for the musical content of Bartok's scores, C+ for the interpretation & execution). And I feel less equivocal than Mr. Morrison regarding the stature of these works: to my ears, they are clearly the finest integral set of string quartets produced by ANY 20th Century composer (including the Shostakovich and Schoenberg masterpieces in this medium).

The Vermeers play competently enough, and they receive very good recorded sound. But their rather cautious and slightly pedestrian readings lack the virtuoso sheen of the Emerson Quartet, and they sorely lack the rustic, almost earthy style of the Takacs ensemble. Like Beethoven's, the string quartets of Bartok cover a wide span of the composer's artistic life, and it's a huge challenge interpretively for any one ensemble to reconcile the romantic 1st Quartet with the far more abstract qualities of the 6th. I don't feel the Vermeer Quartet quite rises to the task, and my copy of their recording is now on its way to the used CD store.

To my taste, only one ensemble has achieved that goal: the Juilliard Quartet. Their historical first-ever set of the quartets from 1950 (in excellent transfers on a Pearl CD set - see my review) probes the meditative side of Bartok like no other, while their second recording (1963 for Columbia LPs in excellent stereo sound, sadly not yet transferred to CD) is unparalleled for cat-like agility and rhythmic inflection. Mr.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance for a great value June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
To be quite honest I've never heard these quartets performed by any of the mentioned groups such as the Emerson's or the Tekacs quartets but I have heard string quartets written by other composers that were played by a wide variety of performers. A string quartet performance is usually judged on its intonation or the ability for all the musicians to have viruoso control over their instruments and make an A sound exactly like an A and sound very "tuned". A performance is also judged by where the microphone is placed and how much reverb the recording venue has. I like the intimate sound of close miking and low reverberation myself because I feel the musicians are playing just for me and I hear every line of the music perfectly clear. Well this recording for the low cost of 12 bucks for 2 cd's is a great value if not the best recorded. To my ears at least. The players intonaton and ability to play off each other is absolutely superb. This is 20th century music making and its coldest and bleakest. The only thing that bothers me is the distant recording technique employed by the Naxos engineers as well as the slighly over reverberant church the Vermeers were recorded in. I feel that the music is just a little too far away sometimes but to be fair the music might be clearer than if the mic's were up close. All in all a great performance for a bargain price. I look forward to purchasing the Tekacs set next to see how big of an experience the music can be.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Look for Similar Items by Category