AN AFTERNOON OF CHAMBER MUSIC - The Coast Reporter October 12, 2007

The Kodály Quartet, Hungary’s premier chamber music ensemble, opens a new season of Coast Recital Society concerts, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

The musicians will give a pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m., and then play works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Zoltán Kodály and Claude Debussy.

“It’s a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear a string quartet of this calibre,” says CRS Artistic Director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright.

“The Kodály players bring to their music elegance, opulence, and great spirit - all qualities associated with the finest Hungarian musical traditions.”

The Quartet was formed in 1966 by students from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

Today’s ensemble includes violinists, Attila Falvay and Erika Tóth; János Fejérvári, viola and György Éder, cello. The Quartet has toured throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, the Far East, Australia, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and New Zealand. Their impressive catalogue of (more than 50) recordings features complete cycles of Joseph Haydn, Beethoven, and Franz Schubert, as well as numerous quartets, quintets and octets by 19th and 20th century masters.

For tickets to the first concert of the new Coast Recital Society season, call Mary Lea Bell, 886-8330.