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Featured works: Bela Bartók's Metamorphosis, Gyorgy Ligeti's String Quartet No.4 and Gyorgy Kurtag's 12 Mikroludien. "It is often said that the essence of classical music lies in the principle of variation. However, when constant transformation of the musical material drives scores like these quartets by three eminent Hungarian composers of the 20th century, the resulting sonic impressions are very different. The governing principle here is metamorphosis, an idea as dear to Bartók as it was to the compatriots who succeeded him. On this fascinating CD, Cuarteto Casals offers a persuasive case for both concept and execution of this modernist compositional style."