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Miklós Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; String Trio / Tippett Quartet

Album Summary

>Rózsa, Miklós : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 38
>Rózsa, Miklós : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 1
>Rózsa, Miklós : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 22
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Though Miklos Rozsa became one of the most admired film composers, he had always written music in other forms and his two published string quartets reveal important facets of his musical background. String Quartet No. 1 was written in 1950 when he was under contract with MGM and, with its nocturnal and folk-dance imagery, is redolent of his Hungarian youth. String Quartet No. 2 is prophetic of his later sparer style, though it too is infused with great energy and high drama. The String Trio, Op. 1, recorded for the first time in its original 1929 published version, abounds with youthful vitality.

Expedition Audio Recommended
Rózsa's music is reminiscent of Bartók, complete with its own Hungarian folk flavors, but also of Debussy and Ravel. Energetic, often agitated and even harsh at times, the music is frequently contrapuntal in design and interestingly developed with a range of differing textures, meters and unique musical gestures.... read more ...

MusicWeb International, 4th December 2013
I trust that anyone who is not already convinced that this composer truly deserves recognition as a great one whose contribution is highly valuable will be won over by the superb music on this disc. The musicians playing it do so with verve, enthusiasm and a passion that is evident throughout.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
These works make it clear why Rozsa was so effective as a composer for Hollywood. He was able to build real tension, sustain it, and bring it to a satisfying resolution. He was the kind of storyteller that is rarely found in music or film. The Tippett's riveting performance would easily substitute for an afternoon at the multiplex!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Paul's Church, Southgate, London, UK (11/22/2011-11/24/2011).


Style and substance
Miklos Rozsa's film scores are well-known. His classical compositions less so -- especially his chamber music. The Tippett Quartet perform his two string quartets and an early string trio, three works worthy of our attention.

The String Trio (1922) was written when Rosza was 15 and just starting his career in Vienna. Although not as polished as the quartets, the work shows Rozsa's talent for creating interesting melodies supported by lush harmonies was there from the first.
Listening to the 1950 String Quartet No. 1, I was reminded of Shostakovich's quartet writing. Rozsa's quartet is a strongly tonal work, but one with a decided edge to it. The biting unison passages to me had the same impact as those in Shostakovich's Op. 110 quartet.

Rosza's String Quaret No. 2 appeared 31 years after the first. It's the most prickly of the three works, though still very much neoromantic. The scherzo especially brims with good humor, and the andante melody is beautifully constructed, as one might expect.

The Tippett Quartet is a young ensemble. They have a clean, precise sound that can sometimes seem a little reserved. Perhaps that will soften over time.
Submitted on 01/23/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 38
  • Ensemble: Tippett Quartet
  • Notes: St Paul's Church, Southgate, London, UK (11/22/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Trio for violin, viola & cello, Op. 1
  • Notes: St Paul's Church, Southgate, London, UK (11/22/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Miklós Rózsa (Composer) (1907 - 1995) : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 22
  • Notes: St Paul's Church, Southgate, London, UK (11/22/2011-11/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950