VOX 3-LPs SVBX 601: SCHUBERT Last 4 Quartets New Hungarian 4tet
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Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. Although he died at an early age, Schubert was a prolific composer, having written some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous "Unfinished Symphony"), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of Schubert's music during his lifetime was limited, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death at the age of 31. Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, discovered and championed his works in the 19th century. Today, Schubert is seen as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.

The New Hungarian Quartet was founded in 1972. It is separate and distinct from the well-known string quartet, the Hungarian Quartet, though the violist in both groups was the same.

Violinist Andor Toth founded the New Hungarian Quartet in 1972. It was based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where they were faculty members. The other members of the Quartet were Richard Young, second violin; Denes Koromzay, (1913-2001), viola, formerly violist in the Hungarian Quartet; and Andor Toth Jr., cello, formerly principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony under conductor Josef Krips.

The New Hungarian Quartet toured internationally giving many concerts during its career. The Quartet performed a concert in New York City in Alice Tully Hall in February, 1976. Music critic Raymond Ericson made this comment in the New York Times published on February 19, 1976.

"The Brahms was greeted enthusiastically, however, by a near-capacity audience, as were the works offered by the New Hungarian Quartet alone. These included Mozart's "Hunt" Quartet and Bartok's Fourth Quartet. The playing here was classic in its restraint and sweetness. The soft playing in the trio of the Mozart Adagio was ravishing. The stylishness held good throughout the Bartok, even when the players did justice to the wild dance rhythms of the last movement. This was top-level playing."

VOX Records 3-LP boxed set - BLACK record labels with SILVER lettering. The record label logo is in orange - see pictures
Records Made in: USA
Pressings are in STEREO - the set comes in a large cardboard outer box with a leaflet containing information  regarding the performance, performers, etc.
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Records made in: 1973
Record Catalog Number: SVBX 601

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -

Franz SCHUBERT

Title -

THE LAST FOUR QUARTETS

Track Listing -
1. No. 12 "Quartettsatz"
2. No. 13 in A Minor
3. No. 14 in D Minor "Death and the Maiden"
4. No. 15 in G Major

Performers include -
The New Hungarian Quartet:
Andor Toth, violin
Richard Young, violin
Denes Koromzay, viola
Andor Toth, Jr., cello

CONDITION Details:
LP BOX:
The BOX is in near MINT minus condition!
The box is completely intact with NO splits. The top cover is hinged to the bottom section. There is some light color foxing on the front, due to age, nothing serious or significant - it does have a bit of shelf wear at the seams, but again, nothing serious - have a close look at the pictures and you will better see and understand the condition of this item.
The box has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the box.
There is NO hand writing on the front, inside or the back of the jacket or on the libretto.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LPs (vinyl) itself:
The LPs are in near MINT minus condition!! A finer copy of this vintage LP set would be very difficult to find!!
The LPs retain much of the original gloss and sheen! The insert that comes with this set is on two separate sheets of paper, with some creasing.
The records have NO serious marks on them, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them (we could not see any).
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP does have some light marks (spider marks mostly) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage record set - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Vox Records 3-LPs SVBX 601
  • Manufacturer: Vox, Turnabout, Candide Records
  • Condition: Used

VOX 3-LPs SVBX 601: SCHUBERT Last 4 Quartets New Hungarian 4tet

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