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Dohnanyi: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 / Aviv Quartet

> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, Op. 33 - I. Allegro agitato e appassionato
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, Op. 33 - II. Andante religioso con variazioni
> String Quartet No. 3 in A minor, Op. 33 - III. Vivace giocoso
> String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 7 - I. Allegro
> String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 7 - II. Allegretto grazioso
> String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 7 - III. Molto adagio con espressione
> String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 7 - IV. Finale: Vivace

Album Summary

>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A minor, Op. 33
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 7
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Shortly after his first successes as a concert pianist, Dohnányi brought out his First Quartet in 1899. It is a mature work, acknowledging the influence of Brahms whilst also adopting writing that hints strongly at Dohnányi's own Hungarian origins. It ranges widely and expressively, including both hymnal and folk elements in a richly rewarding way. The Third Quartet of 1926 is more harmonically questing and structurally sophisticated, and filled with vibrant melodies. Of the Aviv Quartet's previous Naxos recording (8.570965 / Schulhoff) MusicWeb International wrote: 'they sound simply fantastic... The playing is electric; no position is a weak link'.

David's Review Corner
Its opening movement throws a few hurdles in the performer's way, and in place of a scherzo comes a substantial theme and variations of almost an equal length. The short finale, by contrast is full of good fun. The Aviv Quartet, founded in Israel, have a strong international presence, their performances so technically assured both in terms of intonation and balance, while they have the feel for music of this era. Very highly recommended.

Fanfare Magazine - Lynn René Bayley
The Aviv Quartet, a very youthful-looking bunch, approaches this music with an unusually warm, laid-back feeling that is still rhythmically alert and brings out all the subtle humor in the music. Their style emphasizes lyricism above all. The only available competing version of these quartets is a recording by the Kocian Quartet on Praga 250268, a fairly recent CD (2010) that I haven't heard.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Sound is excellent. The notes are informative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/17/2010-05/19/2010).



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>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A minor, Op. 33
  • Ensemble: Aviv Quartet,
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/17/2010-05/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1926

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major, Op. 7
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (05/17/2010-05/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899