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  String Quartets, Vol. III: Haydn - Nordheim - Bartok
  Joseph Haydn (1732–1809): String Quartet in G major, Op. 77 no. 1
Arne Nordheim (1931–2010): Duplex for violin and viola
Béla Bartók (1881–1945): String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102

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  Classical - Chamber
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  Recorded at Sofienberg Church, Norway, May 2011 and March 2012 by Lindberg Lyd AS
Original source: DXD (352.8kHz/24bit)

Recording Producer and Balance Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Recording Technician: Beatrice Johannessen
Editing: Jørn Simenstad and Juliet Jopling
Mastering and SACD authoring: Morten Lindberg

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Review by JJ December 10, 2013 (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Arvid Engegard, Atle Sponberg, Juliet Jopling and Adrian Brendel belong to the Engegard Quartet, and here propose the String Quartet Op.77 N N°1 by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), the Duo for Violin and Alto by Arne Nordheim (1931-2010), as well as the String Quartet N°5 Sz.102 by Béla Bartók (1881-1945). The last work, “commissioned by Elisabeth Sprague-Coolidge, the famous American sponsor to whom it is dedicated – and who also commissioned the Quartet Op.28 by Webern shortly thereafter, was written in one month during the summer of 1934, and first performed by the Kolish Quartet in Washington on April 8, 1935. His only composition from the year 1934, date starting from which Bartók wrote practically only on commission, this quartet constitutes the first work of capital importance since the Second Concerto for Piano (1931)” (Alain Poirier). Starting from the first measures of the works performed, the Engegard Quartet is inspirational, and does not let up, until the end of this recording, which is remarkable not just artistically but in terms of the sound recording wherein the instruments’ tones are faithfully restituted. Here is a great chamber music SACD.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 3  

Béla Bartók - String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102 BB 110
Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 81 in G major, Hob. III:81 Op. 77 No. 1 (Lobkowitz)
Arne Nordheim - Duplex (for violin and viola)