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Kodaly: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Intermezzo; Gavotte / Dante Quartet

Kodaly / Dante Quartet
Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67999   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kodály may not have transformed 20th-century music in the manner ol his friend Bartók, but his influence on the culture of his native Hungary was enormous. In his long life Kodály immeasurably enriched the understanding of folksong in his homeland, but also shaped, with his celebrated ‘method’, music education through singing; indeed, the Kodály method is now a worldwide phenomenon. And then there is the music. Invariably approachable, it is welcoming without avoiding complexity. A good example of this is his first String Quartet of 1909: the passion of its opening sets the tone, but this alternates with an almost neo-classical quality, folksong shadows much of the work, but does not drive it. If at times there Read more is a little too much by way of repetitive sequences, one of the great qualities of these compelling performances by the Dante Quartet is to play these down without robbing the music of impetus.

Their command of rhetoric in the musically somewhat more abstract Second Quartet of 1918 is as impressive as in the first. If anything, this work is more volatile. They pull off a neat balancing act in the middle movement, a combination of affective, recitative-like solo lines—at times startlingly reminiscent of Vaughan Williams -and more excitable scherzo material. The finale brings the whole to an enormously satisfying climax. Superbly played and recorded, these readings are of the highest order.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Jan Smaczny BBC Music Magazine [2/2014] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2 by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1909; Hungary 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 40 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2. Intermezzo for String Trio by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Hungary 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Gavotte for 3 Violins and Cello by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10 by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918; Hungary 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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