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SCHUBERT: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 7

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Kodaly Quartet, Ensemble • Mathe, Gyozo, viola
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.557126
Label Naxos
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Writing for strings was as natural for Schubert as breathing. The Schubert family quartet consisted of his father and brothers, in which Franz played viola (and of course piano). Schubert's melodic gifts are among the most notable qualities of his enormous output. This volume contains a generous cross-section of lesser-known works for strings, along with the popular Quartettsatz and Five Minuets with String Trios.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

For the finale volume in their splendid cycle, the Kodály Quartet open with the familiar Quartettsatz, then set off with spirit and élan into the engaging two-movement B flat Quartet, D. 68 (written when Schubert was 16) and continue with various novelties, including an Overture for string quintet written for two years before the early quartet. Playing and recording are well up to the high standard of this illustrious series.

Review By Anthony Clarke,Limelight Magazine,July 2007

This collection brings the Kodály Quartet’s Schubert cycle to a close. It’s an indispensable collection for one work alone—the single-movement known as the Quartettsatz, D.103. This is said to be a part of a no-longer-surviving complete quartet, but as performed here, it is perfect unto itself. Its brevity (only a little more than eight minutes) does not stop it from being one of Schubert’s most significant works, and the Kodály play it with artistry and precision. …The 2005 recording is clear and with a natural acoustic sweetness which presents the quartet’s members in the best possible light.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007


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