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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The original versions of these five-movement Cassations were scored for two horns and strings, and the arranger of the string quartet versions is unknown, but they transcribe very effectively. The E flat Quartet is notable for its charming serenade-like slow movement, pizzicato second Minuet and cheerful finale; the D major has a winningly energetic opening movement, another graceful slow movement and a racy finale. They are admirably played here and splendidly recorded.

Penguin Guide, January 2009

HAYDN: String Quartets Op. 2, Nos. 3 and 5 / Op. 3, Nos. 1–2 8.555703
HAYDN: String Quartets Op. 3, Nos. 3–6 8.555704

There is much to admire in these works…They are elegant, neatly composed works with lively outer movements, gentle, graceful slow movements and the kind of lilting, intoxicating Minuets that are an integral part of Austrian music of this period. The C major stands out for its resourceful opening Fantasia con variazioni and its charmingly wistful Andante. But it is the F major that is justly the most famous, for not only does it have the unforgettable ‘Serenade’ for its Andante cantabile, but also another gallant lilting tune as the second subject of the opening movement, and another amiable Scherzando finale.

The Kodály Quartet’s performances are in every way first class, treating the music with all the finesse that is its due, and winningly acknowledging its vitality and charm. The recording is most real and vivid.

Stephen Chakwin, Jr.
American Record Guide, August 2003

"[The Kodaly Quartet] sounds more than ready for prime time...the playing is tonally lean and solid like the best East European quartets and rhythmically all that could be asked...The sound is more than adequate, Naxos's low price, it's worth investigating."

Duncan Druce
Gramophone, July 2003

"They're vivacious, attractive works and sound very well as quartets...Naxos is lucky to have such a polished, beautifully balanced group as the Kodaly Quartet to record Haydn."

Roy Brewer
MusicWeb International, June 2003

"The immensely talented Kodály Quartet makes a convincing case for regarding these works as more than musicological curiosities...I do not usually take much notice of blurbs on CD cases, but this time I will. !›DThese are elegant, neatly composed works with lively outer movements, gentle, graceful slow movements and the kind of lilting, intoxicating minuets that are such an integral part of Austrian music of the Classical period'. Couldn't have put it better myself! Highly recommended to all but the !›Dmore authentic than thou' brigade."

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