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Veress: Chamber music

Trio for Strings; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Ensemble des Equilibres

Hungaroton: HCD32691

It is good to have a complete CD devoted to the Hungarian/Swiss composer Sándor Veress (1907-1992), who in his adopted country taught such as Ligeti, Kurtág and Holliger and whose music turns up only occasionally

His pieces when heard always achieving a welcome, e.g. the string trio from Mondrian Ensemble Basel : - - their novelty was a quartet by Sandor Veress, an excellent composer heard infrequently in UK. Without any studio editing, the accuracy of these performances is remarkable and testifies to the good health of this top string quartet - -

The string quartets from the '30s are magnificent works which take further the language of Kodály and Bartók and Moldovian folk music. There aren't too may fine string trios, and perhaps this one should be taken up by college quartets and by exploratory quartets such as our Kreutzers (there is always the possible contingency that one of a quartet's violinists is indisposed) !

The Equilibres performances and their recording here are ideal and should advance the Veress cause. (Were the players as sunburnt as the illustration suggests?) *


Peter Grahame Woolf

* I am advised that they are based in Marseilles - "a very sunny city" !