Mysticism and Magic: The Arcadia Quartet release Bartok’s complete string quartets on the Chandos Label
The Arcadia Quartet’s long awaited dream of recording the Bartok quartets has been realised in a recording on the Chandos Label to be released in October.
Although Bartok’s nationality is widely known as Hungarian, his birthplace, Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, has since 1920 been part of Romania and is now called Sannicolau Mare, Romania. This town is 150km from the Arcadia Quartet’s own Romanian hometown of Cluj. For the quartet, performing Bartok is about exploring that connection with this region of Transylvania and its folk idioms.
‘Like the Arcadia Quartet itself, the composer’s heritage lies in Transylvania…(it is)..a place where Hungarian, Romanian and German people lived together and influenced each other, within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and after the First World War, as part of Romania. Bartok is indisputably a Hungarian composer, but his roots are Transylvania – his music makes it so obvious – and no politics or nationalist paradigm can take that away’
Train Boala (Violist) speaking to Gavin Dixon, The Strad Magazine, September 2018 edition
Ahead of its release, you can listen to excepts of the recording on the following link: https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010992
Cellist, Raphael Wallfisch and pianist, John York give a highly acclaimed recital in Bucharest
On 5 September, Raphael Wallfisch and John York performed the following programme at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest as part of the George Enescu International Competition. Raphael is currently on the Jury of the competition which is in its final week this week.
Kenneth Leighton Alleluia Pascha nostrum op. 85 (written for Raphael Wallfisch)
Alexander Zemlinsky Sonata in a minor (1894) lost for a century, rediscovered by Wallfisch, first performed in modern times by Wallfisch & York
Sir James MacMillan Sonata no. 1 (dedicated to Raphael Wallfisch) first performed in 1999 by Wallfisch & York
Guillaume Lekeu Sonata in G (the version for cello and piano, arr. by Ronchini & Wallfisch)