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Penguin Guide, January 2009

BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 1, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 95, ‘Serioso’ 8.554181
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 2, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 74, ‘Harp’ 8.550562
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 3, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 127 8.550563
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, Op. 130 / Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 8.554593
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets, Opp. 135 and 131 8.554594
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 132 and H. 34 8.554592

The Kodály have the benefit of very good recorded sound, with a particularly good balance, and the actual playing is very fine, with judiciously chosen tempi and expertly moulded phrasing. Both the Rasumovsky Quartets here are very good indeed: thoughtful, decently paced and thoroughly musical accounts, which will give satisfaction. No one getting any of these discs is likely to be disappointed…




Mortimer H. Frank
Fanfare, November 2000

The Kodály Quartet’s account of op. 132…is a model of clarity, structural coherence, and poised understatement. At its bargain price it is an exceptionally good buy, as are all the previous releases in the series. © 2000 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Elaine Fine
American Record Guide, August 2000

"The Kodaly is a very precise and clear reading. The playing is very fine, and the very introspective 'Heiliger Dankgesang' emerges slowly and progresses subtly. ... The Naxos recording has a great transcription by Beethoven of his Piano Sonata No. 9, published in 1802, shortly after his first set of quartets. He disguises the piece's pianistic origins in string quartet clothing resembling the style of the Opus 18 set."





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