Chandos Records has this month announced the release of the Romanian-based Arcadia String Quartet's new album: Bartók Complete String Quartets.
The disc features the complete six string quartets by Béla Bartók.
"From our very first encounter, our quartet felt an extraordinarily powerful connection with Bartok's music ... beyond the sounds, we felt a deep synergy with his musical writing depicting rural people's lives in Transylvania - the environment that we ourselves grew up in ...' violinist Rasvan Dumitru has told The Violin Channel.
"People can sometimes feel a little hesitant about Bartók’s music ... either because it’s too abstract or because they feel they don’t understand it ..." he has said.
"As a quartet our one desire is that through our study and performance of the Bartók quartets that we can turn this hesitancy into a: 'I understand this music ... it is clear, ingenious, philosophical, beautiful and I would really like to listen to some more!'”
Bartok complet string quartets
Arcadia String Quartet
Release Date: October 5, 2018