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Haydn: String Quartets Op 17 / London Haydn Quartet

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C minor, Op. 17 no 4/H 3 no 28
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 17 no 3/H 3 no 27
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 17 no 2/H 3 no 26
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E major, Op. 17 no 1/H 3 no 25
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 17 no 5/H 3 no 29
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 17 no 6/H 3 no 30
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Notes & Reviews:

Haydn's String Quartets of Opus 17 were written during his most effusively productive period, during his tenure in the service of the Esterhazy family. These string quartets mark Haydn's emergence as an indisputably great composer. They have a seriousness of intent and an increasing mastery of rhetoric and thematic development that are a world away from the lightweight divertimento-quartets that he was formerly producing. They are performed here on period instruments by the dazzling London Haydn Quartet.

'Gut strings sometimes mean sour intonation, but not with this superb British group. Formed out of love for Haydn, they explore his repertoire with a light touch and kaleidoscopic colours. This second Hyperion survey brings the six op 17 quartets ... crammed with subtle pleasures. A set to bring long-lasting pleasure' (The Times)

'Playing with gut strings and classical bows, the London Haydn Quartet bring both freshness and depth to the six works that the composer wrote at Esterhazy in 1771' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This splendid recording ... Catherine Manson brings a nice rubato to the violin's flight in the first movement of Quartet no 5, and makes the most of the operatic recitative in the Adagio' (Classic FM Magazine)

'These musicians arrest attention by the variety of their bowing and articulation. They lean into notes, swelling and contracting the sound ... to heighten the potential for expression ... A very imaginative interpretation' (Gramophone)

'Those who want a 'period' performance should not hesitate - they are unlikely to hear any better of its kind. Articulation is light, precise yet full of nuance; vibrato is scarcely detectable yet intonation is immaculate; the whole texture shines' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These superb LHQ performances set the standard for Haydn interpretation, yet the two CDs are available for the price of one' (MusicWeb.com)

The Telegraph
The players here are alive to the music's spontaneity, and to the way Haydn crafts such a fertile mix of melody and texture.

The Times
This second Hyperion survey brings the six op 17 quartets: music of domestic relaxation rather than grand public statements, crammed with subtle pleasures. A set to bring long-lasting pleasure.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C minor, Op. 17 no 4/H 3 no 28
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 17 no 3/H 3 no 27
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 17 no 2/H 3 no 26
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E major, Op. 17 no 1/H 3 no 25
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 17 no 5/H 3 no 29
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 17 no 6/H 3 no 30
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (08/06/2008-08/11/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1771