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Dvorák, Kurtág, Schulhoff: Works For String Quartet

Release Date: 12/27/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 469066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákGyörgy KurtágErwin Schulhoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Hagen Quartett's performance of Dvorák's late masterpiece (composed directly after his 'Cello Concerto) is superb. The Hagens understand the need for a subtle ebb and flow in their use of rubato. They avoid any tendency to exaggeration and even the unusually long pause at 3.27 in the finale (where Dvorák almost brings the music to a dead halt in mid-movement) works perfectly in the context of the whole. The Kurtág work will please those who relish the highly concentrated atonal style of the nineteen seventies. Only three of the twelve movements last more than one minute, which I personally found a blessing.

The Hagen Quartett also perform Erwin Schulhoff's Five Pieces on their mixed composer CD.
Read more Theirs is a very fine performance...first class in nearly all-important respects, especially their hell-for-leather approach to the Alla Tarantella which is wonderfully articulated by this crack team."

-- Simon Foster, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 14 in A flat major, Op. 105/B 193 by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Hommage ŕ Mihály András, Op. 13 "12 Microludes for String Quartet" by György Kurtág
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Pieces (5) for String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1999 

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