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SANDOR VEGH

Hungarian Sándor Végh studied in Budapest with Hubay and Kodály and was a founder member of the Hungarian String Quartet which premiered Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5 in 1935. In 1940 he formed his own quartet which, as well as giving concerts until the mid-1970s, recorded complete cycles of Beethoven and Bartók quartets. He initiated the International Chamber Music Festival of Cervo in 1962 and formed the Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra. In 1972 he helped establish the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall, which enabled British musicians to deepen their understanding of European traditions and encouraged them in the belief that being a musician was a worthy occupation.

Solo appearances were never a large feature of Végh’s career but the few records he made in this capacity testify to his calibre as an interpreter. His unaccompanied Bach is perhaps rather slow and prone to heaviness, typical of many mid-twentieth-century players, but in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 4, Op. 23 (1982) this affords certainty and gravitas. His vibrato is reasonably controlled for the period, yet rather wide and powerful for those more in step with historical practices nowadays.

Végh’s connections with the composer lend importance to his Bartók recordings. There is considerable vitality and humour in his 1981 recording of Duos 35–44 with Menuhin as part of a Wigmore Hall lecture, but the technical capacities of both players were waning by this time. His studio recording with Lysy in 1971 gives a much fairer account, although again there is some heaviness pervading Bartók’s complex, dance-like textures.

As leader of the Végh Quartet he produced some of his finest recordings including complete Bartók cycles in 1954–1956 and 1970. The earlier recording of the Quartet No. 5 is highly distinguished and emotive, the edges of Bartók’s sometimes angular writing being softened by a richly romantic sound, laden with vibrato and some prominent portamenti. Although many will prefer the Lindsay Quartet’s famous performances from 1981 (which arguably grant the works greater psychological depth and grittiness), the Végh Quartet’s are amongst the most persuasive renditions of these extraordinary works. Of Beethoven’s equally towering quartet oeuvre, the Végh Quartet’s 1952 recording of Op. 131 should be heeded. In many ways a quite modern rendition it is full of significance and intensity; this style remains remarkably similar in their 1973 recording of the same work.

As accuracy of technique and projection of a large sound were increasingly considered important, Végh’s subjective approach emphasised artistry and rhetoric over virtuosity, his activities as a chamber musician, conductor and teacher influencing a generation of musicians.

© Naxos Rights International Ltd. — David Milsom (A–Z of String Players, Naxos 8.558081-84)

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20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
BARTOK, B.: Divertimento / BERG, A.: 3 Pieces from the Lyric Suite / STRAVINSKY, I.: Apollon musagete (Camerata Salzburg) Capriccio
C10300
Orchestral, Ballet
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 14 / Grosse Fuge (arr. for string orchestra) (International Musicians Seminar Soloists, Vegh) Capriccio
C71072
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 14 / Grosse Fuge (arr. for strings) (International Musicians Seminar Soloists, Vegh) Capriccio
C10356
Orchestral
BRAHMS, J.: String Quintet No. 2 / SCHOENBERG A.: Verklarte Nacht (arr. for string orchestra) (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C71117
Orchestral
CAPRICCIO 20 PRIZE-WINNING YEARS Capriccio
C14869
Orchestral
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Johannes Brahms Capriccio
C49032
Chamber Music
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Capriccio
C49027
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. / BOCCHERINI, L. / TELEMANN, G.P. / BESARD, J.-.B. / FASCH, J.F. Capriccio
C18419
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - MOZART, W.A. Capriccio
C18403
Chamber Music
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
HAYDN, J.: 7 letzten Worte unseres Erlosers am Kreuze (Die) (The 7 Last Words) (version for string orchestra) (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10465
Orchestral
MIDNIGHT LOUNGE - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio
C49326
Orchestral
MOZART (A HOMAGE) - 250 YEAR CELEBRATION, Vol. 2 (Serenade and Divertimenti) Capriccio
C49516
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Cassations, K. 63 and 99 / Adagio and Fugue, K. 546 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10192
Orchestral, Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimenti K. 205 and 287 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10271
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimenti Nos. 10 and 11 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10203
Orchestral, Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimenti, K. 113 and 131 / A Musical Joke / Menuett, K. 122 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10333
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento No. 17 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C49179
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento No. 17 / Salzburg Symphony No. 3 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10153
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Salzburg Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Serenata Notturna (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C71001
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Serenade No. 3, K. 185 / Serenade (Notturno), K. 286 / March, K. 189 / 5 Contredanses, K. 609 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10302
Orchestral, Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Serenade No. 4, K. 203 / Contredances / Minuets / German Dances (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10376
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Serenade No. 7, "Haffner" / March in D Major (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10334
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Serenades, K. 100 and 204 / Contredanses / Marches (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10377
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Serenata Notturna (Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Wohlert) / Divertimenti, K. 131, 205 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriole
CA18383
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (Altenburger, German Bach Soloists, Winschermann) Capriole
CA18392
Orchestral
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10535
Orchestral
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Phoenix Edition
PHOENIX437
Orchestral
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9 (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C10503
Orchestral





 
 
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