Final Volume of Acclaimed Schubert String Quartet Cycle by Kodály
Quartet June 21st
On June 21st, Naxos will release Volume 6 of the Kodály String
Quartets complete cycle of the quartets of Franz Schubert (8557125).
The latest and final release in the series is comprised of String Quartet
No.15 in G major, D. 887, Opus 161 along with the early Five German Dances
with Seven Trios and a Coda, D. 90.
The now-complete Schubert cycle joins the Kodálys previously
released complete sets of the entire string quartets of Haydn and Beethoven
on Naxos, both of which received outstanding reviews for the Hungarian
ensembles intelligent and stylistic interpretations.
Of an earlier volume in the set, Gramophone named it Editors Choice
for the "good down-to-earth chamber music-making by a quartet who
have worked together for the past 30 years" and wrote that the "notably
well-balanced group bring an elegant and expressive warmth" to these
Schubert Quartets. Classic CD named the Kodálys Haydn Op.
64 as "Best Chamber Music Release" of 1993.
The Kodály Quartet, formed in 1966, made its American debut in
1982 and returns to North American this fall for a concert tour including
appearances in Ottawa, Montreal, Providence (RI), Jacksonville and Daytona
Beach, FL, and Chester, CT. Repertoire for this tour includes Beethovens
Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, Dohnanyis Second Quartet and Ravels
Quartet in G. The Hungarian ensemble has been featured on major concert
series at the 92nd Street Y, the Library of Congress, Spivey Hall, Music
Toronto, and other prestigious venues.
Next on the Kodálys recording schedule for Naxos are the
Octets of Mendelssohn and Bruch (the German composers last work
from 1920, which was only published/premiered in 1996), set for release
in June, 2006.
For further information on the Kodály Quartet, see their website:
SCHUBERT: Complete String Quartets, vol. 6