The Kodály String Quartet celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.
Founded by students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy, Budapest, the quartet took on the name of the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály in 1972.
They have been ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture both domestically and internationally. In the last few decades they have toured with great success in almost every European country, as well as in the United States, Japan, China, India, Australia and New Zealand.
„The Kodaly’s rich tone was assured….the playing was so elegant… a brilliant lesson in the string quartet’s first quartercentury… intelligent ensemble” The Washington Post
„Immensely satisfying” The Strad
International critics have been full of praise for the Kodály Quartet’s numerous (some 70) recordings, including the monumental undertaking of the complete cycles of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert for Naxos. The interpretation of Haydn’s Op. 64 was called by Classic CD Magazine „ Best chamber music release of 1993”, Vol. VI of the Beethoven series was BBC Music Magazine’s “Pick of the Month” and gave it five stars for both performance and sound, calling it an “extraordinary achievement.”
„The Kodaly’s playing throughout the last of the Rasumovsky trilogy, op.59/3 in C, is spellbinding. There is an Olympian breadth and intensity here… Op.127 is a triumph for these players.” BBC Music Magazine on the Quartet’s rendering of Beethoven
Octets of Bruch and Mendelssohn received “10 out of 10” for both artistic and recording quality from ClassicsToday.com.
In addition to its standard classical repertoire the Kodály Quartet regularly includes in its programmes works by Hungarian composers – Kodály, Bartók, Dohnányi and others.
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Kodály Quartet records
In addition to the standard classical repertoire, the quartet regularly performs works written by Hungarian composers such as Kodály, Bartók, Dohnányi and others.
Their records were met by critical applause worldwide. To present the works of Kodály and other Hungarian composers is great importance for them. That is why they completed the re-recordings of Kodály’s both string quartets in 2014.