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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Vol 6 / Kodaly Quartet

Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550563   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamás SzaboGábor FiasAttila FalvayGyörgy Éder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the Naxos Beethoven Quartet cycle heads toward completion, the Kodály Quartet turns in some of its finest playing to date. Particularly impressive in the E-flat Op. 127 quartet, the four players spin out the second movement variations with pliant lyricism, effecting gorgeously shaded dynamic contrasts in the Scherzando Vivace. The Kodálys may not plunge into the Op. 59's opening Allegro with the virtuosic confidence marking the Alban Berg Quartett's EMI studio version, or the better-recorded Alexander Quartet (Arte Nova); on the other hand, I like the dark charm they bring to the Minuet movement. The fugal finale is taken slightly under Beethoven's all-but-impossible metronome indication. While the music's dangerous edge is compromised, Read more the results gain in linear clarity and uplifting momentum. An attractive coupling, all told, and worth much more than its bargain price.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 31 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Gábor Fias (Viola), György Éder (Cello), Tamás Szabo (Violin),
Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 36 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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