BOSTON GLOBE – Hidden dimensions from the Calder Quartet

Bartok’s Fifth String Quartet presents as complete a picture of the composer as any of his mature works. It begins with a series of repeated notes that the string players hammer out in a stabbing, irregular rhythm. Most ensembles playing this piece come out all guns blazing, accentuating the forward-looking nature of Bartok’s language.

When the Calder Quartet, one of America’s great young string quartets, played the Fifth on Thursday at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, they took a decidedly different approach…

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