Great Chamber Music

Release Date: 4/30/2013
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8501064
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.

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.
Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gábor Fias (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 ;
2. Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Attila Falvay (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola)
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), Csaba Onczay (Cello), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Trio for Piano and Strings no 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin), Csaba Onczay (Cello), Jénö Jandó (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1810-1811 ; Vienna, Austria
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
6. Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 33 no 3/H 3 no 39 "Bird" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: János Devich (Cello), Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin), Gábor Fias (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1781 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
7. Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 64 no 5/H 3 no 63 "Lark" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Gábor Fias (Viola), Attila Falvay (Violin), János Devich (Cello), Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
8. Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Gábor Fias (Viola), János Devich (Cello), Attila Falvay (Violin), Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; Vienna, Austria
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
10. Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Attila Falvay (Violin), János Devich (Cello), Gábor Fias (Viola), Tamás Szabo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Kodály String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1824 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Germany
12. Quartet for Flute and Strings no 1 in D major, K 285 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Enrique Santiago (Viola), Martin Ostertag (Cello), Ernö Sebestyen (Violin), Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Villa Musica Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1777 ; Mannheim, Germany
13. Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Erika Tóth (Violin), Pál Éder (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Zoltán Tóth (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Éder String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Janos Fejervari (Viola), György Selmeczi (Violin), György Éder (Cello), Péter Szüts (Violin), Sándor Papp (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Éder String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Vienna, Austria
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
16. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Claus Kanngiesser (Cello), Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Monika Leonhard (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Piano Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1828 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Notturno for Piano and Strings in E flat major, D 897/Op. 148 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Claus Kanngiesser (Cello), Rainer Kussmaul (Violin), Monika Leonhard (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stuttgart Piano Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1828 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Alexander Lakatos (Viola), Stanislav Mucha (Violin), Ján Slávik (Cello), Frantisek Török (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moyzes String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
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: Gábor Magyar (Cello), Lajos Földesi (Violin), János Horváth (Violin), Andras Rudolf (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Haydn String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Russia
21. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Padrig Fauré (Viola), Elenid Owen (Violin), Jean-Philippe Audoli (Violin), Anne Copéry (Cello), Boris Rener (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ludwig String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
22. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Martin Storey (Cello), Lucy Gould (Violin), Benjamin Frith (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Germany
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
24. Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major by Alexander Borodin
Performer: János Horváth (Violin), Lajos Földesi (Violin), Andras Rudolf (Viola), Gábor Magyar (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Budapest Haydn String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Russia
25. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Elenid Owen (Violin), Jean-Philippe Audoli (Violin), Padrig Fauré (Viola), Boris Rener (Clarinet), Anne Copéry (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ludwig String Quartet
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
26. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano), Lucy Gould (Violin), Martin Storey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Germany
27. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Benjamin Frith (Piano), Lucy Gould (Violin), Martin Storey (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic
Written: 1839 ; Germany
28. 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
29. 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
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