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String Quartet No 2, Op 10
composer
1916/18; dedicated to the Waldbauer-Kerpely Quartet

Recordings
'Kodály: String Quartets, Intermezzo & Gavotte' (CDA67999)
Kodály: String Quartets, Intermezzo & Gavotte
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67999  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014' (HYP201402)
Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014
HYP201402  Download-only monthly sampler  
Details
Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Andante, quasi recit.
Movement 3: Allegro giocoso
Track 9 on CDA67999 [6'39]
Track 5 on HYP201402 [6'39] Download-only monthly sampler

String Quartet No 2, Op 10
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After the success of the First String Quartet at Kodály’s first public concert as a composer, on 17 March 1910, he wrote his String Quartet No 2, Op 10, between 1916 and 1918, a period when hostilities cut him off from fieldwork. The piece was dedicated to the Waldbauer-Kerpely Quartet who had premiered its predecessor as well as giving the first Hungarian performance of the Debussy Quartet that had been its model. Debussy’s influence can still be heard within the pentatonic harmonies of the Second Quartet, though they take on even more magyar tones. Introspective at first, the opening Allegro contrasts quickfire dissonance with more elegiac passages. Again the music has a discursive quality, though a freer modality now reigns. Dance rhythms quietly try to assert themselves within the Andante, though they are stymied by more yearning tones. Finally that energy is unleashed with a pizzicato jolt at the beginning of the final movement and a helter-skelter exchange of thematic material. After a moment of unearthly pause, complete with destabilizing glissandos, Kodály ends with a wild coda.

from notes by Gavin Plumley © 2014

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Details for HYP201402 track 5
Movement 3: Allegro giocoso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-99909
Duration
6'39
Recording date
3 February 2013
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
Hyperion usage
  1. Kodály: String Quartets, Intermezzo & Gavotte (CDA67999)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 2014
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014 (HYP201402)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 2014
    Download-only monthly sampler
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