[51] Bela Bartok – The String Quartets

28 Mar

Sometimes you simply connect with a piece of music and sometimes, for whatever reason, you do not. I am not sure I can articulate the reasons that this two hours of strings leaves me cold, but it certainly does.

Six String Quartets

Six String Quartets











Perhaps it is the proximity to my discovering the stunning cinematic strings of Samuel Barber – Bartok’s compositions are less immediate, more deliberate and so suffer in comparison.

Perhaps it is a lack of cohesion across the six pieces contained on this recording.

Or perhaps more simply it is the lack of concrete melody – the constant tease of unresolving chord sequences – but whatever the reason, while I do not actively dislike what I am hearing, I am also not at all engaged.

This leaves me a little concerned for the next two recordings, also of Bartok compositions.  To date I have been somewhat all or nothing in my enjoyment of the Classical music on display – two Adams pieces left me flat, while all four J. S. Bach recordings blew my mind.

On the one hand I hope that Bartok’s upcoming orchestral works will reach me in a way that his smaller attempts here have not. But on the other it might be interesting to discover that there are names and styles that I love and those that I do not.

Let’s find out . . .

Next Week: Bela Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra / Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Owned before blogging? No. (2 of 51. 4%)
Heard before blogging? No. (4 of 51. 8%)
Recommend? No. (41 of 51. 80%)

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