Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rozsa String Quartets / Trio - Tippett Quartet (2013)

Miklós Rózsa (1907–1995)
Performer: Tippett Quartet, UK - Website
Label: Naxos
Released: September 2013

Although being giant in movie score compositions, little is known that Hungarian Miklos Rozsa also wrote chamber works. His two string quartets are highly appreciated by critics. Just like other movie specialist composers Korngold and Walton, Rozsa string quartets were in the late of Romanticism. Highly dramatics also already went into recordings. There were already two versions known on these two string quartets, by Pro Arte and by Flesch String Quartet. But today, young UK based quartet is given new perspectives to the works. Tippett Quartet also added the String Trio to the recording.

The official released notes:
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, recorded for the first time in its original 1929 published version, abounds with youthful vitality.

From Naxos site - About this recording

8.572903 - ROZSA, M.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / String Trio, Op. 1 

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 38
1. I. Allegro con brio 00:05:27
2. II. Andante 00:06:16
3. III. Allegro scherzando 00:03:04
4. IV. Allegro risoluto 00:05:49

String Trio, Op. 1 (original published version)
5. I. Largo - Allegro molto energico 00:10:51
6. II. Gioioso 00:05:20
7. III. Largo con dolore 00:05:42
8. IV. Allegretto vivo 00:08:05

String Quartet No. 1, Op. 22
9. I. Andante con moto 00:07:35
10. II. Scherzo in modo ongarese 00:04:18
11. III. Lento 00:07:01
12. IV. Allegro feroce 00:05:21

Total Playing Time: 01:14:49

From left to right: John Mills, violin • Julia O’Riordan, viola
Jeremy Isaac, violin • Bozidar Vukotic, cello

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

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