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Zoltan KodályÆs: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Intermezzo; Gavotte / Dante Quartet

Album Summary

>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Intermezzo for string trio
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Gavotte for 3 violins & cello
>Kodaly, Zoltan [Composer] : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In the chamber works recorded here, spanning Kodály's career, we can hear an unwavering desire to place genuine Hungarian folk music (rather than the 'style hongrois' espoused by the Strauss family and many other composers) within classical music traditions. Bartók wrote of his compatriot, "If I were to name the composer whose works are the most perfect embodiment of the Hungarian spirit, I would answer, Kodály." The Dante Quartet, winners of the BBC Music Magazine Award for their album of Franck and Fauré, respond to this music with dancing energy and folkloric simplicity.

The Observer, 2nd February 2014
The charming Intermezzo from 1905 shows the influence of Vienna still apparent in the young composer, but by 1908 he was finding his true voice with the pungent, folk song-inspired first quartet, played here with unapologetic vigour by the Dantes.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
A secure recommendation for both works.

The Telegraph, 4th March 2014
The Dante responds both subtly and animatedly to this piquant, passionate music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/01/2013-02/03/2013).



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Works Details

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Quartet for Strings no 1, Op. 2
  • Ensemble: Dante Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/01/2013-02/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Intermezzo for string trio
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/01/2013-02/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Gavotte for 3 violins & cello
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/01/2013-02/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: ?1952

>Zoltán Kodály (Composer) (1882 - 1967) : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/01/2013-02/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?/?1916-03/1918