Performances of Bartók’s six quartets have tended to fall into two camps; the hard-edged modernist, exemplified by the Emerson Quartet’s 1989 recording, or the soft-grained folkloric from Eastern Europe, for which the Takács is famed. As the cycle has remained my favourite since my angry youth I have tended to favour the former but inevitably, my radical sensibilities are relaxing as the years go by.

This latest recording falls not in the middle but somewhere on...

This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win a double pass Australian Chamber Orchestra subscription.