Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Vol 6 / Kodaly Quartet

Release Date: 1/25/2000
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8550563
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1

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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, the results gain in linear clarity and uplifting momentum. An attractive coupling, all told, and worth much more than its bargain price.

--Jed Distler,
Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola), György Éder (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 ;
2. Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gábor Fias (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1823-1825 ; Vienna, Austria
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