ZOLTÁN SZÉKELY AND THE HUNGARIAN STRING QUARTET
CD-1161(8)

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The Hungarian String Quartet (1935-1972) was one of the pre-eminent European chamber ensembles of the midle of the last century; their EMI mono and stereo Beethoven cycles and their DG Bartok cycle are still highly cherished by music lovers. This collection includes over 5 hours of previously unreleased concert performance recordings of the Quartet along with rare 78 and LP transfers never before on CD, with excerpts from a 1971 interview and detailed notes on the works and performances by critic Harris Goldsmith.

CD-1161(8) ZOLTÁN SZÉKELY AND THE HUNGARIAN STRING QUARTET: Historical recordings and previously unissued public performances, 1937-1968. CD 1: MOZART: Quartet K 456 ("Dissonant") (*Menton Festival, 13 July 1958)[2]. SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden") (*Menton Festival, 22 July 1958) [2]. HAYDN: Quartet in C major Op 74 No 1 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 5 July 1950) [1]. CD 2: SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 15 in G Major, Op. 161 (*Menton Festival, 22 July 1958)[2]; Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden") (Chamber Music Society LP CM-17, rec. 1952) [3]. CD 3: BEETHOVEN: Quartet in C, Op. 59 No. 3 (*Menton Festival, 21 July 1961) [4]; Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131 (*Menton Festival, 21 July 1961) [4]. KODÁLY: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1157, rec. 1952) [3]. CD 4: BARTÓK: 5th String Quartet (*Menton Festival, July 1961) [4]; 6th String Quartet (*Menton Festival, July 1961) [4]. HAYDN: Quartet in D Major Op 64 No. 5 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1951) [1]. CD 5: BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 (*Budapest, Academy of Music. 20 Dec. 1968) [4]. BARTÓK: 3rd String Quartet (*Budapest, Academy of Music. 20 Dec. 1968) [4]. HAYDN: Quartet in D Major Op 64 No. 5 (from 78s) (Rec. for HMV in London, 1946) [1]. CD 6: BRAHMS: Quartet in A minor Op. 51 No. 2 (Budapest, Academy of Music. 20 Dec. 1968) [4]. MOZART: Quartet in D minor K 421 (Rec. for HMV in London, 1946) [1]. PORPORA: Sonata II in G (from Sonate XII di Violino e Basso (osia di Cimbalo e violoncello)) (Amer. Decca 78 G-25877). Zoltán Székely with Géza Fried, piano. CD 7: TCHAIKOVSKY: Quartet in D Major, Op. 11 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1183, rec. 1952) [3]. DVORÁK: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 ("American") (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1157, rec. 1952) [3]. GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 (Dutch Decca 78 set X-10110, rec. 1942). Székely, with Hague Residentia Orch., cond. Willem van Otterloo Lalo, Guitarre (Dutch Decca 78 set X-10110, rec. 1942) Székely with Jean Antonietti, piano. CD 8: GLAZUNOV: Cinq Novellettes pour Quatuor d'archets, Op. 15 (Concert Hall Soc. LP CHS-1183, rec. 1952) [3]. SCHUMANN: Quartet in A minor, Op. 41 No. 1 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1 July 1951) [1]. DEBUSSY: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (*University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1 Aug. 1951) [1]. ([1] Székely--Moskowsky-Koromzay-Palotai. [2] Székely-Moszkowsky-Koromzay-Magyar. [3] Székely-Moskowsky-Halleux-Palotai. [4] Székely-Kuttner-Koromzay-Magyar. * Public performances. Technical reconstruction (2004) by Maggi Payne. Issued with the kind cooperation of Prof. Gabriel Magyar and the Székely Estate. Total time: 9 hrs. 50 min. [DDD] UPC # 017685-11612-4.

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