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Great Chamber Music

Great Chamber Music / Various
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501064   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz Joseph HaydnFranz SchubertFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Tamás SzaboGábor FiasAttila FalvayGyörgy Éder,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String QuartetAuer String QuartetVilla Musica Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The term "chamber music" broadly implies music on an intimate scale performed by a limited number of musicians. The heart of civilized 18th-century European musical culture is best represented by that most perfect of forms the string quartet, developed by Haydn and Mozart into models of elegance and expressive balance. Embracing instruments new for his time, Mozart’s chamber music also resulted in sublime masterpieces such as the Clarinet Quintet, but it was Beethoven who expanded the length and complexity of the string quartet to its limits. Beethoven left an indelible mark of progress and change on every genre of music, and both the ‘Archduke’ Trio and ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata are milestones in chamber music history.

Read more Beethoven’s romantic independence of spirit and powerfully personal musical language was carried forward by Schubert and Mendelssohn, both of whom introduced emotion-enhancing literary sentiments into their expressive range. The symphonic proportions of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet places it at the pinnacle of the classical line through Mozart and Beethoven, but romantic ideals in music were already being applied to the cause of national identity. Antonín Dvo?ák’s ‘Dumky’ Trio takes its name from a ballad of lament, integrating national dance elements to create a distinctive Czech and Bohemian flavor. The move away from German stylistic examples by the Russian ‘mighty handful’ can be heard in Borodin’s soulful String Quartet No 2. Innovation in chamber music can be found everywhere, but there are few such works as striking as César Franck’s Violin Sonata, a flawless synthesis of classical proportion and the spirit of romanticism in its cyclic development of a single theme.

This collection of great chamber music brings together nine giants of music in works which reveal their most immediate and individual expressive worlds: proof if ever any was needed that less can be much, much more.
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Works on This Recording

1.
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. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Attila Falvay (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola),
György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Written: 1826 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Jénö Jandó (Piano), Csaba Onczay (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Sashalom Reformed Church, Budapest 
Length: 25 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Jénö Jandó (Piano), Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Csaba Onczay (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1811; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Sashalom Reformed Church, Budapest 
Length: 39 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 4/1989 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest 
Length: 33 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 33 no 3/H 3 no 39 "Bird" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Attila Falvay (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola),
János Devich (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 64 no 5/H 3 no 63 "Lark" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola), János Devich (Cello),
Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 18 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola), János Devich (Cello),
Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Hungaroton Studios, Budapest 
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  István Tóth (Double Bass), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  János Devich (Cello), Gábor Fias (Viola), Tamás Szabo (Violin),
Attila Falvay (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
11.
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 50 Secs. 
12.
Quartet for Flute and Strings no 1 in D major, K 285 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ernö Sebestyen (Violin), Enrique Santiago (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello),
Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villa Musica Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1990 
Venue:  Tonstudio Van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  György Éder (Cello), Zoltán Tóth (Viola), Erika Tóth (Violin),
Pál Éder (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  Sashalom Reformed Church, Budapest 
Length: 31 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  György Selmeczi (Violin), Péter Szüts (Violin), Sándor Papp (Viola),
Janos Fejervari (Viola), György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Fönix Studio, Unitarian Church, Budapest 
Length: 33 Minutes 11 Secs. 
15.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jószef Balogh (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danubius String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Claus Kanngiesser (Cello), Monika Leonhard (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio Van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany 
Length: 40 Minutes 52 Secs. 
17.
Notturno for Piano and Strings in E flat major, D 897/Op. 148 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Monika Leonhard (Piano), Claus Kanngiesser (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 5/1988 
Venue:  Tonstudio Van Geest, Heidelberg, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 8 Secs. 
18.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Alexander Lakatos (Viola), Frantisek Török (Violin), Stanislav Mucha (Violin),
Ján Slávik (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 
19.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Bohemia 
20.
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. 
21.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Padrig Fauré (Viola), Boris Rener (Clarinet), Jean-Philippe Audoli (Violin),
Elenid Owen (Violin), Anne Copéry (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  Alençon Auditorium, Alençon, France 
Length: 37 Minutes 6 Secs. 
22.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lucy Gould (Violin), Martin Storey (Cello), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2000 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 22 Secs. 
23.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Concert Hall 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird": I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird": II. Scherzo: Allegretto
String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird": III. Adagio ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 32 in C major, Op. 33, No. 3, Hob.III:39, "The Bird": IV. Rondo: Presto
String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": II. Adagio - Cantabile
String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": III. Menuetto: Allegretto
String Quartet No. 53 in D major, Op. 64, No. 5, Hob.III:63, "The Lark": IV. Finale: Vivace
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio, cantabile
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": III. Menuetto
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": IV. Finale: Presto
Keyboard Trio No. 25 in G major, Hob.XV:25, "Gypsy Rondo": I. Andante
Keyboard Trio No. 25 in G major, Hob.XV:25, "Gypsy Rondo": II. Poco adagio
Keyboard Trio No. 25 in G major, Hob.XV:25, "Gypsy Rondo": III. Rondo all'Ongarese: Presto
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285: I. Allegro
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285: II. Adagio
Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285: III. Rondo
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387: I. Allegro vivace assai
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387: II. Menuetto: Allegro (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387: III. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387: IV. Molto allegro
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516*: I. Allegro
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516*: II. Menuetto
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516*: III. Adagio ma non troppo
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516*: IV. Adagio - Allegro

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 Great Collection June 14, 2013 By Walter V. (Enola, PA) See All My Reviews "This Naxos "Great Chamber Music" box of 10 CDs is an excellent package, considering the music, quality of recording, performances, and price per disc. The majority of the works here are very enjoyable, you will not be disappointed. I will be looking at the other Naxos boxes of "Great....Music"" Report Abuse
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