Guitar-as-Chamber-Instrument Week, #7: Csaba Szabó and the Accord Quartet Play Fauré’s ‘Pavane, Op. 50’

We close out our week-long celebration of the guitar-as-chamber instrument (inspired by the Special Focus section in the Spring ’19 issue on that subject), with a terrific performance of French composer Gabriel Fauré’s  wonderful Pavane, Op. 50, arranged for guitar and string quartet by Thomas Königs, and played expertly by a quintet of Hungarian musicians: guitarist Csaba Szabó and the Accord Quartet (Péter Mezo and Csongor Veér, violins; Péter Kondor, viola; Mátyás Ölveti, cello). The quintet’s recording of the Fauré work appears on their 2013 album Pick Up the Pieces!. This also serves as a nice lead-in to one of our next postings from that issue’s Special Focus: a history of the guitar and string quartet combination. —Blair Jackson

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)