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Haydn: Six Quartets, Op. 20

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 no 1/H 3 no 31
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 20 no 2/H 3 no 32
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 20 no 3/H 3 no 33
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 20 no 4/H 3 no 34
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F minor, Op. 20 no 5/H 3 no 35
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 20 no 6/H 3 no 36
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Notes & Reviews:

On this specially-priced two-disc set, the Daedalus Quartet performs Haydn's six revolutionary Op. 20 "Sun" quartets. These six quartets, composed in 1772, were among the most influential quartets of their era. Before embarking on his own first (Op. 18) string quartets, Beethoven studied the scores of Haydn's six masterpieces, copying them out and scoring the first quartet for string orchestra. Writing of the Daedalus's Haydn, New York Times chief music critic, Anthony Tommassini stated: "the excellent Daedalus Quartet, in residence at Columbia University, opened the season by playing Haydn's Quartet Op. 20, No. 2, one of the six "Sun" Quartets from that opus. The performance was insightful and vibrant. Hearing such an excellent, up-close performance made this Haydn piece seem even more monumental." The remarkable Daedalus Quartet's debut CD (BDG 9202), performing Ravel, Sibelius & Stravinsky, was received with glowing press and a "Best of Year" award from Chicago's Primetime.

"Our readers really don't need more Haydn quartets; they've surely got enough and likely more than one set of the Sun Quartets? But here they are again, from an American string quartet which seems to not have stopped off at UK's Wigmore Hall en route to the Concertegebouw, the Musikverein etc...Definitely our loss - these are fresh and polished accounts of the six that are a joy to hear, and they are superbly recorded, leaving me keen to hear the Daedalus live and, pending that, their debut disc of Ravel, Sibelius & Stravinsky." - musicalpointers.co.uk

"What utterly delightful, charming performances these are. The Daedalus Quartet, formed in 2000, is a group of young musicians formerly unknown to me, but you can bet I'll be looking out for future releases by them. Fans of HIP performance style will hate them - they play with vibrato, legato, elegance, charm, and warmth, all elements the HIP crowd generally abhors - but I love them. Their performance style puts me in mind of the old Pro Arte Quartet's Haydn series from the 1930s. They have the full measure of early Haydn: the lightness, the subtle humor, and the kind of relaxation that makes the music sing. Since none of the op. 20 quartets are among the composer's most energetic or dramatic works, I don't know yet how this approach would work in later pieces, but I'm willing to believe that they know the difference. This is the kind of CD set that's absolutely perfect for a summer afternoon and/or settling jangled nerves while still engaging the mind in the joyful intricacies of the musical discourse. Highly recommended."-Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 no 1/H 3 no 31
  • Performer: Kyu-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1772

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 20 no 2/H 3 no 32
  • Performer: Min-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1772

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 20 no 3/H 3 no 33
  • Performer: Min-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1772

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 20 no 4/H 3 no 34
  • Performer: Kyu-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1772

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F minor, Op. 20 no 5/H 3 no 35
  • Performer: Min-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1772

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 20 no 6/H 3 no 36
  • Performer: Kyu-Young Kim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772