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String Quartet No. 1,

String Quartet No. 2 &

Five pieces for String Quartet
Largely forgotten in the decades after his death, the wide-ranging output of the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff has come to much greater prominence over the last quarter-century. The music featured here dates from the mid-1920s, a productive period in which he forged a distinctive and highly personal musical style. Both the First String Quartet and the Five Pieces achieved a notable success at their premières, and all three works are among the most successful and enduring of Schulhoff's compositions.

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String Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 7 &

String Quartet No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 33
Shortly after his first successes as a concert pianist, Dohnányi brought out his First Quartet in 1899. It is a mature work, acknowledging the influence of Brahms whilst also adopting writing that hints strongly at Dohnányi's own Hungarian origins. It ranges widely and expressively, including both hymnal and folk elements in a richly rewarding way. The Third Quartet of 1926 is more harmonically questing and structurally sophisticated, and filled with vibrant melodies. Of the Aviv Quartet's previous Naxos recording (8.570965 / Schulhoff) MusicWeb International wrote: 'they sound simply fantastic...The playing is electric; no position is a weak link'.

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