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Haydn (Hoffstetter): Quartets Op 3 No 3-6 / Kodaly Quartet


Release Date: 08/20/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555704   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Tamás SzaboJanos FejervariAttila FalvayGyörgy Éder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A useful adjunct to the Kodály Quartet's budget Haydn series, the disputed Op. 3 works attributed to Pater Romanus Hoffstetter plug one of the last remaining gaps, with attractive readings of Quartets Nos. 3-6. The playing is very fine indeed; outer movements, such as No. 3's brilliant concluding Presto, display tremendous verve and enthusiasm. First violinist Attila Falvay plays with imagination, accuracy, and panache, even in complex passagework above the staff, as in No. 5's Presto. The players also get comic moments totally right (such as the minuet of the same work), letting the music make the jokes obvious, without the need for exaggeration. But they also play with utmost finesse and tonal beauty, the best moments of all coming Read more in the Largo of No. 3 and in the Adagio of No. 4.


The famous Serenade from No. 5 has been very widely recorded, but apart from the mono 1951/52 Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet recordings of Nos. 1, 4, 5, and 6 (reissued by Preiser), there are no modern alternatives to this admirable Naxos production. Truthful, well-balanced sound and faultless musicianship makes this another winner. [9/28/2002]
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 3 in G major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Janos Fejervari (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 15 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This work was formerly attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. 
2.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 5 in F major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Janos Fejervari (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello),
Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This work was previously attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. 
3.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 6 in A major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Janos Fejervari (Viola),
Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This work was formerly attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. 
4.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 4 in B flat major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Janos Fejervari (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This work was formerly attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, Hob.III:15 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): I. Presto
String Quartet in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, Hob.III:15 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): II. Largo
String Quartet in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, Hob.III:15 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): III. Menuetto
String Quartet in G major, Op. 3, No. 3, Hob.III:15 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): IV. Presto
String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 3, No. 4, Hob.III:16 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 3, No. 4, Hob.III:16 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): II. Adagio
String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter): I. Presto
String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter): II. Serenade: Andante cantabile
String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter): III. Menuetto
String Quartet in F major, Op. 3, No. 5, Hob.III:17, "Serenade" (attrib. to Hoffstetter): IV. Scherzando
String Quartet in A major, Op. 3, No. 6, Hob.III:18 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): I. Tempo giusto
String Quartet in A major, Op. 3, No. 6, Hob.III:18 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): II. Adagio
String Quartet in A major, Op. 3, No. 6, Hob.III:18 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): III. Menuetto
String Quartet in A major, Op. 3, No. 6, Hob.III:18 (attrib. to Hoffstetter): IV. Scherzando

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