05-03-2014 The Haydn Quartet, from Hungary, perform here the two String Quartets by the Russian composer, Alexander Borodin, one of the Members of the famous group of Russian composers known as The FIVE their collective mission was to establish a sort of "Russian school" of composition. This never really came about but the five composers had careers of various levels of success, that they became more famous individually, than collectively. Of the Five, Alexander Borodin, a medical school Chemistry professor, was a gifted and inventive part-time composer, his scientific career consuming the greater majority of his time.
As I swung into the second Quartet, the beauty and delightfulness of these two works overwhelmed me and I simply could not resist just listening and dropped typing. For the low price this Naxos CD is a real treat and a great bargain, but you also get the very fine playing of these Hungarian wizards who spin their magical web of beautiful, delicate and brilliant ideas. And, I couldn't help wondering what Borodin might have written had he not tried to burn the candle at both ends, the medical and the musical careers, but just the musical one. His inventiveness in these wonderfully melodic chamber works impressed me very much and the playing by the Budapest based musicians make this release from Naxos one of my real jewels. I hadn't listened this closely to these two pieces until this morning, and now I am just amazed at how fine they truly are.
My Very Highest Recommendations for these works, and played by these individuals, whom I may guess are on the young side. I'll look to type an addendum to this review after I am finished, but for now, I just want to hear this splendid music a second time. Get yours today, and do the same! A very, very good release and one deserving of 5 extremely bright stars!! And, as always, God bless you all, and happy listening to you all. Tony.
ADDENDUM************************************As promised, here is a brief addendum--------The Haydn Quartet,
from Budapest, consists of Janos Horvath and Lajos Foldesi, violins
Andras Rudolf, viola and Gabor Magyar, Cello. The leader, Horvath, is a
graduate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow campus, in 1979. The
other players were trained at the Budapest Liszt Academy, one of Europe's
finest musical schools. I could not find any more info on these artists,
other than their splendid musicianship---I would guess that ANYTHING from
them would be a fine choice. They are simply terrific!!---Tony.