Beethoven Quartet op. 59, #1 Rasumovsky, mvt 2 - Roth String Quartet





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Published on Nov 23, 2011

2. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando

Recorded 1935

Found at The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) was established on 1 April 2004, supported by a 5-year grant of just under £1m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

I had to stitch it together because the available downloads are divided randomly, usually in the middle of movements.

Feri Roth, 1st violin -- 1899-1969
Jeno Antal, 2nd violin -- born 1900
Ferenc Molnár, viola -- born 1895
Janos Scholz, cello -- born 1903

The Roth Quartet was founded by Feri Roth in Budapest in 1922. The group enjoyed a successful début in Paris in 1924, then set off on a tour of Europe and Africa, and re-organised into the line-up featured on this recording in 1928. All were Hungarians from Budapest. By 1937 they had given 750 concerts. A write-up in 1937 in the Gramophone stated they had ben described as worthy successors to the Joachim and Flonzaley quartets.

On an invitation from Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge they undertook their first trip to the USA, at the Pittsfield (Massachusetts) Music Festival, following which they toured the USA, Canada and Mexico. Soon afterwards, because of the rise of fascism in Europe, they became permanent US residents. They gave concerts at the Library of Congress, and introduced many modern works to American audiences at concerts in New York and Washington. In 1937 the Roths joined the faculty of Westminster Choir College, Princeton University, New Jersey. However in 1939 the group was disbanded and re-formed by Feri Roth.

After several more years of touring during which their reputation was continually enhanced, the new ensemble settled in Los Angeles and were appointed as the Chancellor's String Quartet in Residence at UCLA. The Roths appeared at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society for most of the years 1929-1940. Among their very numerous engagements, they also played for the Community Arts Association of Santa Barbara, California, in 1930.

The Quartet championed modern music and gave the first performance of many works. Outside university campuses, they continued to tour throughout the USA and Canada and also visited the UK. In 1969 the group was contracted to give a complete Beethoven quartet cycle, but the tour had to be cancelled owing to Feri Roth's death.

The Roth Quartet recorded 35 albums for Columbia Records (USA) and 5 for the Society for Forgotten Masterpieces.

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