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Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol 7 / Kodály Quartet


Release Date: 02/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557126   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  György ÉderJanos FejervariErika TóthAttila Falvay,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String QuartetKodály String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUBERT String Quartets: No. 5 in B?; in c, “Quartettsatz.” String Trio in B?, D 471 . 5 Minuets, D 89 . Overture in c, D 8 (ed. Hess) 1 Kodály Qrt; Gyözö Máthé (va) 1 NAXOS 8.557126 (55:48)


This disc, volume Read more seven in the Kodály’s cycle of the Schubert quartets, should prove a revelation to anyone unfamiliar with the composer’s early works, everything here produced while he was still in his teens. Maybe he was not quite the prodigy that Mendelssohn was at the same age. Nonetheless, the youthful Schubert possessed an imagination and daring that remain astonishing for an adolescent and—even more than in his first four symphonies (also teenage productions)—suggest the influence of Beethoven. The earliest score, the C-Minor Overture in the Hess arrangement for string quintet, was written in 1811. The latest (and probably most familiar) in the group, the one-movement Trio, dates from 1816, when Schubert was 19. Along with the Minuets and unlike the other works in this release, it is dominated by the song-like lyricism that was a trademark of the composer. To be sure, this trait is present to some extent in everything on this release, but not to the exclusion of a Sturm und Drang intensity that would not prove as prevalent in the composer’s later and more familiar chamber works.


Throughout, the Kodály plays superbly, capturing all the free-wheeling spirit of the music and projecting it with an intensity underscored by a prevailing tone that often has an apt gruff astringency. Conversely, in the Trio and Minuets, the tone becomes less biting, occasionally to the point of welcome sweetness. Throughout, tempos are well judged, balances ideal, each voice gaining its due. With a recording that lends the musicians a welcome small-hall intimacy free of any of the audible breathing that on some releases is obtrusive, this modestly priced disc is most welcome and remarkably revealing of the master to come.


FANFARE: Mortimer H. Frank
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in B flat major, D 68 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  György Éder (Cello), Janos Fejervari (Viola), Erika Tóth (Violin),
Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 16 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (07/18/2005 - 07/22/2005) 
2.
Quartet for Strings in C minor, D 103 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Attila Falvay (Violin), Erika Tóth (Violin), Janos Fejervari (Viola),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (07/18/2005 - 07/22/2005) 
3.
Minuets (5) for String Quartet, D 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erika Tóth (Violin), Attila Falvay (Violin), Janos Fejervari (Viola),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (07/18/2005 - 07/22/2005) 
4.
Trio for Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 471: Allegro by Franz Schubert
Performer:  György Éder (Cello), Janos Fejervari (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (07/18/2005 - 07/22/2005) 
5.
Overture for Strings in C minor, D 8 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Gyözö Máthé (Viola), Janos Fejervari (Viola), Erika Tóth (Violin),
Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Willy Hess.
Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (07/18/2005 - 07/22/2005) 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz": String Quartet in C minor, D. 103, "Quartettsatz"
String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, D. 68: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, D. 68: II. Allegro
String Trio in B flat major, D. 581: String Trio in B flat major, D. 471
5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D. 89: No. 1 in C major
5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D. 89: No. 2 in F major
5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D. 89: No. 3 in D minor
5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D. 89: No. 4 in G major
5 Minuets and 6 Trios, D. 89: No. 5 in C major
Overture in C minor, D. 8

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent, but something is mislabeled here April 1, 2013 By allanhclark1935@yahoo.com allanhclark1935@yahoo.com (Carlsbad, CA) See All My Reviews "What is called in the sound samples String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz" is not—it is actually Quartet for Strings in C minor, D 103 [fragment] as listed in the description above. It also seems to be mislabeled on the download so that if you buy the complete set you end up with two things called String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz" which are different and don't belong together in any way. Otherwise the Kodaly recordings are very nicely done, with excellent sound and enchanting performances of music that never fails to delight." Report Abuse
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