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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20 / London Haydn Quartet

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:

Haydn's remarkable Opus 20 quartets are rightfully regarded as landmarks in the history of the string quartet. Throughout the six contrasting works, the composer employs compositional techniques that were to shape and define the genre. We witness a deviation in style from the lightness and wit of his previous quartets to a mood of emotional intensity and darker musical imagery. They are exquisite masterpieces and demonstrate a composer at the height of creative maturity. They display an astonishing consistency of excellence and a huge variety of form and style. The London Haydn Quartet is the ideal advocate for these works and gives elegant, radiant and exhilaratingly assured performances.

The Guardian
Using gut strings, classical bows and a bare minimum of vibrato, and making a point of using the Artaria edition of the works that Haydn himself supervised for publication in 1801, their performances often seem strikingly austere, and will not be to all tastes; they sometimes have a rawness that harks back to the early hair-shirt days of the period-instrument movement

Gramophone Magazine
Provocative interpretations - of enthralling magnitude.

Classic FM Magazine
The young ensemble plays on authentic gut strings with classical bows. Their thin, supple tone brings out Haydn's melodic line...The commitment of this string quartet to one composer pays off. Their wiry, period tone suits Haydn's melodious, down-to-earth writing. They capture [his] urbane wit and complex intelligence

BBC Music Magazine
This recording maintains their historically informed, period instrument approach. Once again, preparation has been meticulous...The almost vibrato-less playing is immaculate in intonation and subtly responsive to shifts and contrasts of Haydn's invention.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010).



Reviews

track listing

Disc: 1
1. Allegro Moderato (No 1 in E flat major)
2. Menuetto: Allegretto
3. Affettuso e Sostenuto
4. Presto
5. Moderato (No 2 in C major)
6. Capriccio: Adagio
7. Menuetto: Allegretto
8. Fuga a 4 Soggetti: Allegro
9. Allegro con Spirito (No 3 in G minor)
10. Menuetto: Allegretto
11. Poco Adagio
12. Allegro Molto
Disc: 2
1. Allegro di Molto (No 4 in D major)
2. Un Poco Adagio Affettuoso
3. Menuetto: Allegretto alla Zingarese
4. Presto Scherzando
5. Allegro Moderato (No 5 in F minor)
6. Menuetto
7. Adagio
8. Fuga a 2 Soggetti
9. Allegro di Molto e Scherzando (No 6 in A major)
10. Adagio Cantabile
11. Menuetto: Allegretto
12. Fuga a 3 Soggetti: Allegro
Submitted on 09/21/11 by HB 
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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 no 1/H 3 no 31
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 23 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
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 13 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
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 12 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
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 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
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 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
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (09/06/2010-09/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772