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Mary Nemet
Stringendo, October 2008

There is no doubt about it—Hungarian musicians with their long tradition of fine chamber music training are at the forefront when it comes to ensemble performance. These three are no exception; as members of the renowned Kodály Quartet, they bring their seasoned view to these Beethoven string trios, an even more challenging medium than the string quartet…These are well-rounded performances, beautifully phrased, alternating elegance and piquancy with boldly characterized rhythms and vivid attack, Just at time the semiquaver accompaniment in the lower strings could be more articulate (some notes are inaudible) and generally I would have liked more of Eder’s lovely cello sound, which is somewhat muted in the overall balance. But these are superior performances of two delightful early Beethoven Trios.

Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, June 2007

Beethoven’s String Trios are being traversed by three excellent Hungarian string players, Attila Falvay, János Fejérvári and György Éder. A first disc offers strong performances of Op.3 and the Serenade, Op.8.

Bart Verhaeghe
Fanfare, May 2007

I was honestly amazed to hear such sincere and enjoyable music-making. Beethoven’s early string trios are very lively and cheerful; history has proved to us that these may sometimes be difficult qualities to achieve on disc. I’m particularly grateful to Naxos for releasing these new, recommendable performances made by three members of the Hungarian Kodály quartet. Even for us poor reviewers, it’s a great discovery.

The fact that these three men play together in a string quartet is a further advantage. Homogeneity and beauty of sound are their main ingredients. …You won’t find more heart-felt innocence or spirit than here. Their tempos are always right and pacing forward. © 2007 Fanfare Read complete review

American Record Guide, April 2007

This is the first volume of what seems to be a complete set of Beethoven string trios. Like his Opus 1 piano trios from 1795, his first string trio, published as Opus 3 in 1796, is a work equal in quality to his later works. The low opus number reminds us that Beethoven only published music that he felt was worthy of publication. Beethoven's model for this trio was most likely the Mozart Divertimento, K 563. Both pieces are in the key of E-flat major, and both have two minuet movements separated by a slow movement.

The Serenade in D, Opus 8, is one of only two trios Beethoven called "Serenade", a term interchangeable with "Divertimento" in the 18th Century. In this piece published in 1797, Beethoven seems to have happily stepped out from the shadow of Mozart's Divertimento by stringing together some dances (including a Polish one) with a few quickly-changing, short contrasting movements and tying everything together with a restatement of the opening movement.

These musicians are three of the four members of the Kodaly Quartet, and their playing as a trio is just as satisfying as their playing in the quartet. I love this recording, and I'm looking forward to hearing their Opus 9.

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