GÉZA FRID (1904-1989): String Quartets No. 1, Op. 2, No. 2, Op. 21 "Fugues", No. 3, Op. 30 "Fantasia tropica" and No. 4, Op. 50a.
Catalogue Number: 03O073
Label: Coviello Classics
Reference: COV 50805
Description: A student of Kodály, Frid, a Hungarian Jew who moved to the Netherlands in 1929, remained dedicated to the ideals of his teacher and of Bartók, never using avant-garde compositional methods. His first quartet (1926) shows the influence both of his teacher and of French Impressionism while folkloric rhythms and improvisatory, "gypsy"-like episodes are common in most of his later works. Particularly exotic is the Fantasia tropica of 1949, whose four movements run through the segments of the day, beginning and ending with afternoon. This work was inspired by his overwhelming impressions of Indonesia (where he had gone on a concert tour) as a paradise on earth; the second and third movements quote Indonesian folk tunes. Amaryllis Quartet.