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All Music Guide - James Leonard
For any comprehensive collection of European music of the Classical period, the string quartets of Haydn are an absolute must. Not only did Haydn invent the genre, but he developed it into a flexible form capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of musical thought and human emotion, in a body of works unparalleled by any other corpus save the same composer's own mighty series of symphonies. The question then becomes which of the several collections of the complete quartets best represents the works. The listener couldn't do much better than this Naxos collection by the Kodály Quartet. The quartet's playing is lean and agile, but strong and sonorous when necessary, with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
For any comprehensive collection of European music of the Classical period, the string quartets of Haydn are an absolute must. Not only did Haydn invent the genre, but he developed it into a flexible form capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of musical thought and human emotion, in a body of works unparalleled by any other corpus save the same composer's own mighty series of symphonies. The question then becomes which of the several collections of the complete quartets best represents the works. The listener couldn't do much better than this Naxos collection by the Kodály Quartet. The quartet's playing is lean and agile, but strong and sonorous when necessary, with each player a master of his instrument, and the ensemble is more than the sum of its parts. As interpreters, the Hungarian musicians are expressive but reserved, letting the music sing in the slow movements and dance in the menuettos, but keeping it always within the bounds of civil discourse. That latter phrase is key to the Kodály's approach: Haydn's quartets are indeed a conversation between four equals, and the intellectual wit, warm affection, and surging energy the players bring to the music will be heartening to any Haydn aficionado. If these were the only performances you ever heard of these works, you'd be well satisfied, particularly in Naxos' cool, clear, and very present digital sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099240048
  • Catalog Number: 8502400
  • Sales rank: 10,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major ("La chasse"), Op. 1/1, H. 3/1 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:25)
  2. 6–10 String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 1/2, H. 3/2 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:34)
  3. 11–15 String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 1/3 (H. 3/3) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:07)
  4. 16–20 String Quartet No. 4 in G major, Op. 1/4, H. 3/4 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (23:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, H. 2/6, Op. 1/0 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:13)
  2. 6–10 String Quartet No. 6 in C major, Op. 1/6, H. 3/6 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (15:51)
  3. 11–15 String Quartet No. 7 in A major, Op. 2/1, H. 3/7 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:29)
  4. 16–20 String Quartet No. 8 in E major, Op. 2/2, H. 3/8 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 35 in D minor, Op. 42, H. 3/43 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:43)
  2. 5–9 String Quartet No. 9 in F major, Op. 2/4, H. 3/10 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (21:49)
  3. 10–14 String Quartet No. 10 in B flat major, Op. 2/6, H. 3/12 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:02)
Disc 4
  1. 1–5 String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 2/3, H. 3/9 (spurious, arr. of divertimento H. 2/43) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:32)
  2. 6–10 String Quartet in F major Op. 2/5, H. 3/11 (spurious, arr. of divertimento H. 2/44) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (14:03)
  3. 11–14 String Quartet in E major, Op. 3/1, H. 3/13 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (13:12)
  4. 15–17 String Quartet in C major, Op. 3/2, H. 3/14 (attrib. to Romanus Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:03)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 String Quartet in G major, Op. 3/3, H. 3/15 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (15:57)
  2. 5–6 String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 3/4, H. 3/16 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (9:48)
  3. 7–10 String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (15:24)
  4. 11–14 String Quartet in A major, Op. 3/6, H. 3/18 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (15:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 11 in D minor, Op. 9/4, H. 3/22 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:28)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 12 in C major, Op. 9/1, H. 3/19 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:58)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 9/3, H. 3/21 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (15:10)
Disc 7
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 14 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, H. 3/20 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:46)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 15 in B flat major, Op. 9/5, H. 3/23 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (24:02)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 16 in A major, Op. 9/6, H. 3/24 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:28)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 17 in F major, Op. 17/2, H. 3/26 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:43)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 18 in E major, Op. 17/1 (H. 3/25) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:41)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17/4, H. 3/28 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:31)
Disc 9
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 21 in E flat major, Op. 17/3, H. 3/27 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:33)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 22 in G major, Op. 17/5, H. 3/29 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:01)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 20 in D major, Op. 17/6, H. 3/30 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:55)
Disc 10
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 28 in E flat major, Op. 20/1, H. 3/31 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:00)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20/2, H. 3/32 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (24:43)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20/3, H. 3/33 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (25:22)
Disc 11
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20/4, H. 3/34 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (25:44)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20/5, H. 3/35 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:37)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 24 in A major, Op. 20/6, H. 3/36 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:37)
Disc 12
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 29 in G major, Op. 33/5, H. 3/41 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:17)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 30 in E flat major ("Joke"), Op. 33/2, H. 3/38 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:57)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Op. 33/1, H. 3/37 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:20)
Disc 13
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 32 in C major ("Bird"), Op. 33/3, H. 3/39 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:57)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 33 in D major, Op. 33/6, H. 3/42 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:55)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 34 in B flat major, Op. 33/4, H. 3/40 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:39)
Disc 14
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 36 in B flat major, Op. 50/1, H. 3/44 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (21:35)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 37 in C major, Op. 50/2, H. 3/45 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:53)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 38 in E flat major, Op. 50/3, H. 3/46 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:25)
Disc 15
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 39 in F sharp minor, Op. 50/4, H. 3/47 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:19)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 40 in F major ("Dream"), Op. 50/5, H. 3/48 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:12)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 41 in D major ("Frog"), Op. 50/6, H. 3/49 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (23:11)
Disc 16
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 43 in G major, Op. 54/1, H. 3/58 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:09)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 42 in C major, Op. 54/2, H. 3/57 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:41)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 44 in E major, Op. 54/3, H. 3/59 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:57)
Disc 17
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 45 in A major, Op. 55/1, H. 3/60 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (16:53)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 46 in F minor ("Razor"), Op. 55/2, H. 3/61 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:59)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 47 in B flat major, Op. 55/3, H. 3/62 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:31)
Disc 18
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 48 in C major, Op. 64/1, H. 3/65 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:50)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64/2, H. 3/68 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:20)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 50 in B flat major, Op. 64/3, H. 3/67 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (24:41)
Disc 19
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 51 in G major, Op. 64/4, H. 3/66 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:16)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 53 in D major ("Lark"), Op. 64/5, H. 3/63 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:59)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64/6, H. 3/64 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (17:27)
Disc 20
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 54 in B flat major, Op. 71/1, H. 3/69 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:21)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 55 in D major, Op. 71/2, H. 3/70 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (18:05)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 56 in E flat major, Op. 71/3, H. 3/71 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (21:43)
Disc 21
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74/1, H. 3/72 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:51)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 58 in F major, Op. 74/2, H. 3/73 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:02)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:49)
Disc 22
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 60 in G major, Op. 76/1, H. 3/75 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (21:56)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 61 in D minor ("Fifths"/"The Bell'/"The Donkey"), Op. 76/2, H. 3/76 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (19:45)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (24:53)
Disc 23
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (22:53)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 64 in D major ("Largo"), Op. 76/5, H. 3/79 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (20:40)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 65 in E flat major, Op. 76/6, H. 3/80 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (25:00)
Disc 24
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77/1, H. 3/81 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (25:29)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 67 in F major ("Wait Till the Clouds Roll By"), Op. 77/2, H. 3/82 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (25:52)
Disc 25
  1. 1–9 Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross), for string quartet, H. 3/50-56 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (54:15)
  2. 10–11 String Quartet No. 68 in D minor, Op. 103, H. 3/83 (unfinished) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Kodály Quartet (10:33)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hyden String Quartets a set I have wanted, but by the right performers at last

    I have listened to the entire set at this time and am perfectly satisfied. The Kodaly Quartet were on the top of their program when they recorded this set. It is amazing that they were able to stay there for that period of time. Additionally, this rounds out my collection.

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