About the album
|In the chamber works recorded here, spanning Kodály’s career, we can hear an unwavering desire to place genuine Hungarian folk music (rather than the ‘style hongrois’ espoused by the Strauss family and many other composers) within classical music traditions. Bartók wrote of his compatriot that ‘if I were to name the composer whose works are the most perfect embodiment of the Hungarian spirit, I would answer, Kodály’.
The Dante Quartet, winners of the BBC Music Magazine Award for their album of Franck and Fauré, respond to this music with dancing energy and folkloric simplicity.
11String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2 I. Andante poco rubato – Allegro
Composer: Zoltán Kodály11:54
12String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2 II. Lento assai, tranquillo
Composer: Zoltán Kodály12:52
13String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2 III. Presto
Composer: Zoltán Kodály04:05
14String Quartet No. 1, Op. 2 IV. Allegro
Composer: Zoltán Kodály12:27
Composer: Zoltán Kodály05:10
Composer: Zoltán Kodály02:35
17String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 I. Allegro
Composer: Zoltán Kodály06:00
18String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 II. Andante, quasi recit.
Composer: Zoltán Kodály04:52
19String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 III. Allegro giocoso
Composer: Zoltán Kodály06:36