BARTÓK: QUAR­TET NO 5; HIN­DEMITH: QUAR­TET OP 22

Ze­het­mair Quar­tet ECM New Se­ries 476 5779

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

The Ze­het­mair present an edgy, nervily flick­er­ing Bartók, a Bartók of ex­tremes, the mu­sic re­fracted through the prism of the 21st cen­tury, or rather the vir­tu­os­ity of the 21st cen­tury. Even if the com­poser imag­ined his mu­sic sound­ing quite as ready to grate with pseudo-elec­tronic colour­ing and float as freely as this, it’s un­likely he ever ac­tu­ally heard it that way. The approach to the al­to­gether less well-known Hin­demith quar­tet is ev­ery bit as in­ven­tive. How­ever provoca­tive de­tails of th­ese per­for­mances may seem, it’s hard to avoid the feel­ing that the Ze­het­mairs have the knack of mak­ing both works sound at once main­stream and shock­ingly new. www.ecm­records.com

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