Formosa Quartet: From Hungary to Taiwan
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$ 14.99

This imaginative recording project offers virtuoso treatment of folk music from Hungary and Taiwan, illuminating many aspects of the two cultures, all within beautifully rendered new classical compositions.  In addition the recording incorporates arguably, the greatest masterpiece of 20th century string quartet music-  Bartok's incandescent String Quartet No. 4.  Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the London International String Competition, the Formosa Quartet was hailed as "spellbinding"by BBC Music Magazine.

 

Reviews:

"This disc is a must-have—a particularly inspiring collection of music that has brought its melodic roots, perfectly preserved, into a new era.” - American Record Guide

The Formosa Quartet perfectly captures Wilson’s remarkable folk music effects and nuances.” - theWholeNote

The Formosa Quartet show a remarkably sensitivity to one another and to the music. The difficulties include demands for disembodied-sounding glissandi, eerie sul ponticello bowing below the bridge crossing, growing intensities of pitch that can change the character of a movement, and Bartók’s signature pizzicati with strings snapped against the fingerboard. All these, and more, the Formosa Quartet take into stride with their exceptionally smooth technique and sensitive blending. This is an ensemble that will bear watching.” - Atlanta Audio Club



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Dana Wilson: Hungarian Folk Songs
Lei Liang: Song Recollections
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
Wei-Chieh Lin: Four Taiwanese Folk Songs


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