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Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 / 2 [Tippett Quartet] [Naxos: 8572903]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Miklós Rósza
  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00EWT17NE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Though Miklós Rózsa became one of the most admired of film composers, he had always written music in other forms and his two published string quartets reveal important facets of his musical background. String Quartet No 1 was written in 1950 when he was under contract with M-G-M and, with its nocturnal and folk-dance imagery, is redolent of his Hungarian youth. String Quartet No 2 is prophetic of his later sparer style, though it too is infused with great energy and high drama. The String Trio, Op. 1 is recorded here for the first time in its original 1929 published version.

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'The Tippett Quartet plays these works with great fervour and with a fine understanding of the differing characteristics of the phases of Rózsa's career.' --MusicWeb International

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A long time ago, I attempted to get over a broken heart by immersing myself in the string quartets by Bela Bartok. Despite having listened to many different quartets many times over, I never really got inside the skin of this music. (MY inadequacy - not the music!!)

However, Rozsa's music may have been a kinder place go to start. The Hungarian idiom is very strong in Rozsa's music but, perhaps, easier to grasp than Bartok's incredibly uncompromising quartet writing. These pieces are very individual and contain much of the native folk element that both composers brought to a wider audience.

The playing is superb (the viola player takes no prisoners!) as is the recording.

Spend a very little money and enjoy this original voice.
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This is first class recording of Rozsa's two String Quartets with the addition of his String Trio. This is music that deserves a wider hearing.
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I have this recording three times. Although i like them all,this seems the freshest .Well played
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Miklos Rozsa's film scores are well-known. His classical compositions less so -- especially his chamber music. The Tippett Quartet perform his two string quartets and an early string trio, three works worthy of our attention.

The String Trio (1922) was written when Rosza was 15 and just starting his career in Vienna. Although not as polished as the quartets, the work shows Rozsa's talent for creating interesting melodies supported by lush harmonies was there from the first.
Listening to the 1950 String Quartet No. 1, I was reminded of Shostakovich's quartet writing. Rozsa's quartet is a strongly tonal work, but one with a decided edge to it. The biting unison passages to me had the same impact as those in Shostakovich's Op. 110 quartet.

Rosza's String Quaret No. 2 appeared 31 years after the first. It's the most prickly of the three works, though still very much neoromantic. The scherzo especially brims with good humor, and the andante melody is beautifully constructed, as one might expect.

The Tippett Quartet is a young ensemble. They have a clean, precise sound that can sometimes seem a little reserved. Perhaps that will soften over time.
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