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F.J. Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76/1-6 / Doric String Quartet

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : String Quartets (6), Op. 76, H. 3/75-80
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Notes & Reviews:

This release is the second volume by the Doric String Quartet in the sequence dedicated to Haydn's String Quartets. Franz Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) Op. 76, featured here, was the last full set of string quartets that he composed. Published in 1799, they were commissioned by Count Joseph Erdody. The Doric String Quartet is known for their sensitivity in slow movements in particular. Gramophone wrote of Vol. 1, "Allied to precision in articulation is a flexibility in the scansion and shaping of phrases, of notes timed through a remarkable understanding of rubato, of a range of expressive resilience that gives even the smalles of episodes in a long line their own character... and this is Vol 1. Hold your breath for the rest."

Sunday Times, 31st January 2016
The brilliant Doric's stance is unapologetically of the 19th rather than 18th century - slow movements tend towards the luxuriant, not just in timbre - yet always there's a sense of clarity and precision. Their playing is hard to beat.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
No quartet in my experience has employed such a wide range of colour and dynamics in this music, often with revelatory results... the Doric's daring, imaginative and technically superb performances demand to be heard.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
The Doric Quartet continues its Haydn series with a splendid account of the composer's last great set of six.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/12/2015/06/13/2015); Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/26/2015-07/28/2015).


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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : String Quartets (6), Op. 76, H. 3/75-80
  • Ensemble: Doric String Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/12/2015/06/13/2015); Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (07/26/2015-07/28/2015)
  • Running Time: 143 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797