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Penguin Guide, January 2009

HAYDN: String Quartets Op. 71, Apponyi Quartets 8.550394
HAYDN: String Quartets Op. 74, Nos. 1- 3 8.550396

The Naxos recordings by the Kodály Quartet are outstanding in every way and would be highly recommendable even without their considerable price advantage. The digital recording has vivid presence and just the right amount of ambience: the effect is entirely natural.



Gramophone, February 1991

"The Naxos recordings by the Kodály Quartet are outstanding in every way and would be highly recommendable even without their considerable price advantage. The performances are superbly shaped, naturally paced and alive; the playing is cultivated, yet it has depth of feeling too, and the group readily communicate their pleasure in this wonderful music. ...The digital recording has vivid presence and just the right amount of ambience: the effect is entirely natural."



Hi-Fi Choice, December 1990

"Superbly played by the Kodály Quartet."



Penguin Guide, January 1990

"Recorded with admirable clarity in a neutral acoustic, there is little to distract from the purposeful interpretations. The Kodály Quartet gives a sense of strength and purpose and a very strong cello line underpins warm, full-blooded playing. One has the impression of fully-thought out interpretations, the tempi are natural and unforced. Even the tricky Allegretto of No. 2 is spot-on in judement... and the chording in fast movements (notably No. 3 movt. (i)) is sharply precise. At a bargain basement price, we recommend these highly skilled, well-recorded performances. We should still do so if normal CD prices were charged."



BBC Music Magazine

"the Joachims prove worthy advocates... it should prove a very rewarding series"



Gramophone

"The Naxos recordings by the Kodály Quartet are outstanding in every way and would be highly recommendable even without their considerable price advantage. The performances are superbly shaped, naturally paced and alive; the playing is cultivated, yet it has depth of feeling too, and the group readily communicate their pleasure in this wonderful music. ...The digital recording has vivid presence and just the right amount of ambience: the effect is entirely natural."





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