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Tchaikovsky: String Quartets Vol 1 / New Haydn Quartet


Release Date: 07/18/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550847   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  János HorváthPéter SárosiGyörgy PorzoltGábor Magyar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


For a time, Tchaikovsky's string quartets seemed unjustifiably consigned to the far corners of the repertory. While they may not be exemplars of Beethovenian classicism or cogency, their own particular qualities of melodic profligacy, rhythmic originality, and dramatic argument make a strong case for their wider exposure. If ensembles can regularly program Debussy and Ravel quartets, there's no reason why they shouldn't do Tchaikovsky. The New Haydn Quartet clearly has no doubts about the quality of the music, approaching it with all the intelligence, musicianship, and enthusiasm one would bring to quartets by Beethoven, Bartók or Dvorák. Quartet No. 1's first movement second subject receives a loving
Read more caress at a slightly slowed tempo, as does the wistful violin solo in the beautiful Andante Cantabile movement. One of Tchaikovsky's most telling characteristics is his unique ability to build up sequences of almost unbearable tension, as he does in Quartet No. 2's first movement with its spiraling chromatic melodic ladder. The New Haydn players shirk not a bit from this purple passage, infusing it with a steely edge and power more more typical of works such as Shostakovich's quartets. They are equally committed in the anguished slow movement, here conjuring up the world-weary spirit of Eugene Onegin, while they toss aside their tear-filled hankies and kick into high gear for the dancing finales of both works. The Borodin Quartet on EMI may be more idiomatic and powerful in some respects, but their harsh Melodiya recording is no match for Naxos's beautifully lush sound. This release is self-recommending, and a vital addition to the Tchaikovsky discography.

--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  János Horváth (Violin), Péter Sárosi (Violin), György Porzolt (Viola),
Gábor Magyar (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 31 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 22 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  János Horváth (Violin), Péter Sárosi (Violin), György Porzolt (Viola),
Gábor Magyar (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1995 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 35 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: I. Moderato e semplice
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: III. Scherzo: Allegro non tanto e con fuoco
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11: IV. Finale: Allegro giusto
String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22: I. Adagio, moderato assai (quasi andantino)
String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22: II. Scherzo: Allegro giusto
String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22: III. Andante ma non tanto
String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 22: IV. Finale: Allegro con moto

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