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Borodin: String Quartets 1 & 2 / Haydn Quartet


Release Date: 12/13/1994 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550850   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Performer:  János HorváthLajos FöldesiAndras RudolfGábor Magyar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Haydn String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  János Horváth (Violin), Lajos Földesi (Violin), Andras Rudolf (Viola),
Gábor Magyar (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Haydn String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest 
Length: 37 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Lajos Földesi (Violin), Andras Rudolf (Viola), Gábor Magyar (Cello),
János Horváth (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Haydn String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest 
Length: 28 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in A major: I. Moderato - Allegro
String Quartet No. 1 in A major: II. Andante con moto
String Quartet No. 1 in A major: III. Scherzo: Prestissimo
String Quartet No. 1 in A major: IV. Allegro risoluto
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: II. Scherzo: Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: III. Notturno: Andante
String Quartet No. 2 in D major: IV. Finale: Andante - Vivace

Customer Reviews

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 Beautiful Miniatures from the Chemistry Proffesor October 25, 2014 By Tony Engleton See All My Reviews "10-25-2014 After an Amazon review, I couldn't resist another go at these splendid, graceful works from the Full-time Chemistry Professor and part -time composer. Mahler led a split life as well, but at least his occupations were related closely. However, when I was in College, I majored in Medical Imaging, and minored in History/Political Science, two utterly unrelated fields but as I alternated, I managed to avoid excessive fatigue. It worked for me. These pair of string Quartets, in A and D Major keys were recorded in DDD late October of 1993 in Budapest in a church with the Budapest Haydn Quartet. Quartet #1 in A runs 37:37 and #2 in D lasts for 28:28, and both quartets had their premieres in St. Petersburg in 1880/1882.The total for this delightful Naxos CD is a comforting 66:27, and the leader of the Qr. is from Russian conservatories, the other three were schooled in Budapest. As I find typical for Hungarians, they are especially musically talented, especially if they have some Jewish blood in them. Szell, Reiner, Ormandy, etc. etc. ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS Quartet #1 opens with a 13 plus minute long "Allegro moderato" taken at an easy pace to allow all the lovely fragments of tone reach our senses. There is, in much of this music, a strange yet almost soothing melancholy in it, not harsh, but almost welcome and consoling. And, at the 05:07 mark of the "Andante, con moto," 2nd movement, the music leaps up in an emotional catharsis of boldness, and tapers down gradually to a recovery at 07:46. A bouncy and rhythmic dance follows with some instruments strumming in support, as it dashes and darts around the room, capricious and playful. Wonderfully packaged by the members of the BHQ. These chaps are terrific and I will look for more from them soon. Be careful when shopping, as there are the "Budapest Quartet," the "Haydn Quartet," and the "Budapest Haydn Quartet,' which is what I want, and thus far, I've only located works by Tchaikovsky, and Spohr, which I may get. The finale is a firm and well emphasized "Allegro resolute," of some 10:38 closing up this wonderfully refreshing 1880 work, and now for even more, the Quartet in D, #2 from 1881. This little brother of the A Major is, for some listeners, a bit too creamy and sugar sweet, but I don't go to the candy jar that often, and candy it is. These silky, smooth players have this flower in their blood and play with passion and elegance. I simply had to be still and let it wash over me, like the balm it is. The music is whimsical, dreamy, tender, personal and ever so elegant, I was whisked away, L.O.L. A chamber music favorite the world over, the D Major offers some of Borodin's most delicate writing, and no quartet survives without it in their quiver. Again, a "Scherzo, Allegro" as enchanting as the runaway fame of the "Notturno, Andante" that follows. I wish Dr. Alexander had left us a string Serenade, in the caliber of Dvorak's as I would expect it to be even more beautiful. These two masterpieces are sometimes derided as shallow, light, frivolous, but after a tough week with "da boss", they beat a "Calgon" soak, any day, according to my wife. The "Notturno" could be called a "Valium drip," as it's soothing pace, and touches are quite sedative. Please avoid operating heavy machinery when listening, so don't go outside and fire up that old bulldozer, O.K???? L.O.L. But Do get this miraculous release from Naxos----A 5 PLUS star, if there ever was one. The ending Finale: Andante--vivace of 7:11 is ok, but a tad anti-climactic at this point. Still, it is sufficient and logical. Highest recommendations and 5 VERY bright stars, Bravo BHQ, keep 'em coming, please. God bless you, my friends, Tony. AMDG!!!" Report Abuse
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