New Hungarian Quartet
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. From 1975 until 1979 the quartet was the first faculty quartet-in-residence at the Taos School of Music in Taos, New Mexico.
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 Bartók'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 Bartók, even when the players did justice to the wild dance rhythms of the last movement. This was top-level playing.
The quartet made several recordings for VOX in their VOXBOX series (see discography below). The most notable recording was the CD album of the Six String Quartets by Béla Bartók, recorded in 1976 for VOX (Vox SVBX 593).
- String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 Rosamunde
- String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810 Death and the Maiden
- String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D 887/Op. 161
- Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703/Op. posthumous
VoxBox (Classical) CD3X 3012: Beethoven, The Middle Quartets / New Hungarian Quartet
Andor Toth (violin), Richard Young (violin), Denes Koromzay (viola), Andor Toth, Jr. (cello)
- String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1
- String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ("Rasumovsky 2"), Op. 59/2
- String Quartet No. 9 in C major ("Rasumovsky 3"), Op. 59/3
- String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74
- String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ("Serioso"), Op. 95
VoxBox (Classical) CDX 3031: Debussy and Ravel Quartets / New Hungarian Quartet, second CD of 3-CD set. Andor Toth (violin), Richard Young (violin), Denes Koromzay (viola), Andor Toth, Jr. (cello)
Vox SVBX 593 Béla Bartók: The 6 string quartets. New Hungarian Quartet: Andor Toth (violin), Richard Young (violin), Denes Koromzay (viola), Andor Toth, Jr. (cello). Cataloged in the Library of Congress, Control No. 77760307.
- CD Database
- The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet By Robin Stowell, an example of the confusion existing regarding this quartet
- "Oberlin Head, Pianist, Plays with Hungarians", The New York Times
- New Hungarian Quartet at AllMusic
- Appearances on the Morrison Artists Series, 1975–78
- "Classical Voice of North Carolina", article about the quartet's residency at the Taos School of Music
- New Hungarian Quartet music downloads
- Appearances on the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts in 1975 and 1978
- Appearance on the Music at Amherst Series 1978–79
- Cited in the obituary of the cellist, Andor Toth Jr.
- Citation in the Wichita Public Library, Wichita, Kansas
- Appearance at Oklahoma State University in 1976–77 season
- Richard Young, second violin, bio from Northern Illinois University
- Denes Koromzay, viola, Obituary