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Chamber Music - Released June 5, 2020 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released April 2, 2013 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2009 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released February 27, 2007 | Naxos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released April 18, 2006 | Naxos

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For those listeners who don't already know the works on this disc, there are two huge surprises here. First, Felix Mendelssohn composed his Octet when he was a mere 16 years old. Second, Max Bruch composed his Octet when he was a mere 82 years old. This isn't to say that Mendelssohn's Octet with its singing melodies, its soaring themes, its strong rhythms and its ingenious textures doesn't sound like the high-spirited work of a teenage genius; it most certainly does. And this isn't to say that Bruch's Octet with its genial melodies, its sentimental harmonies, its luxurious forms and its masterful textures doesn't sound like the long-considered work of an aging epigone, it most surely does. This is to say, however, that anyone who didn't know that Mendelssohn's work was written in 1825 and Bruch's in 1920 might guess that both works were came from about the same time then from nearly a century apart. But surprised or not, anyone who listeners to this disc will no doubt be blown away by the quality of the performances. The Kodály Quartet and the Auer Quartet joined by bassist Zsolt Fejérvári in the Bruch form one seamless all-Hungarian super-group with a warm tone, a balanced ensemble and a sprightly sense of rhythm. Better yet, the conjoined groups seems to have as much affection for Bruch's intensely nostalgic work as they do for Mendelssohn's intensely energetic work, and both their performances are equally convincing. While it might be too much to say that anyone who loves Mendelssohn's Octet will love Bruch's Octet -- there is, after all, a world of difference between a genius and an epigone -- anyone who loves great chamber music playing may quickly develop a distinct fondness for these performances. Naxos' sound is clear but not quite crisp and deep but not quite full. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 1, 2005 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released June 20, 2005 | Naxos

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Of the relatively few complete recordings of all Haydn's string quartets, most listeners would probably place the Kodály Quartet's recordings on Naxos at the same exalted level as the Tatrai Quartet's recordings on Hungaroton. Both groups feature a lean tone, a clean ensemble, and a clear-eyed interpretive stance, and both seem to capture the intellectual lucidity, the musical clarity, and the emotional objectivity of the great Austro-Hungarian inventor of the string quartet. But how well does that approach work in Schubert's quartet? As the Tatrai and now the Kodály Quartet have discovered, not nearly so well. In this, the sixth volume of the cycle of Schubert's complete quartets featuring his final work in the genre, the Kodály brings the same virtues to bear on Schubert as it had Haydn. But while clean is always a good thing in string quartet playing, lean works less well in Schubert's richer scoring and warmer harmonies and clear-eyed works not at all in Schubert's more subjectively emotional music. Thus while one appreciates the Kodály's balances in the opening Allegro molto moderato and its articulation in the Scherzo: Allegro vivace, one wishes they had dug deeper into the elegiac central Andante un poco moto into the fiery closing Allegro assai. And while the fill up of the Five German Dances with seven trios and a coda is well-played and nicely rhythmic, one cannot help but wish for a more heartfelt performance. Naxos' sound is a close but a bit thin. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released August 30, 2003 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released March 14, 2003 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released September 7, 2002 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released August 12, 2002 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released June 27, 2001 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released September 22, 2000 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released December 23, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released October 4, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released June 28, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released April 19, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released April 9, 1999 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released January 15, 1999 | Naxos

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