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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74 / Takacs Quartet

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 74 no 1/H 3 no 72
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 74 no 2/H 3 no 73
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 74 no 1/H 3 no 72
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 74 no 2/H 3 no 73
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1793, when Haydn returned home to Vienna after a visit to London, he wrote a set of six string quartets for Count Anton Apponyi, a chamberlain at the Imperial Court. The set was broken up into two groups of three and sold to separate publishers, thus becoming the Op. 71 and Op. 74 quartets. The works possess an almost orchestral sonority, with frequent modulations, dynamic variations and increasingly virtuosic writing reminiscent of the "London" symphonies. Above all, they display the composer's astonishing elegance, lyricism and immense skill in fusing the profound with the light-hearted. In these compelling interpretations, the Takács Quartet display an absolute unanimity of tone and style and cement their reputation as one of today's greatest string ensembles.

"They make a tasty meal of everything, even something as seemingly innocuous as the two-chord gesture at the beginning of Op 74 No 1...The ensemble hasn't forgotten its Hungarian roots, and there's always extra flair and bite in their playing when Haydn's inspiration leans towards folk music (the Op 74/1 finale, say). More important still for success are the musicians' clarity of line and perfect balance, well reflected in Hyperion's recording." -The Times

"From the perfect weighting of every chord, to buoyant rhythms, and a sense of effortless transparency, even in the fastest music, the Takács ensure that no details are missed, while always preserving the sense of musical whole. Extraordinary." -The Guardian

"The Quartet retains much of its 'pre-authentic' manner, with forceful rhythms, full-blooded phrasing, vibrato and a wide dynamic range...Just occasionally the Takacs seem more at home in Haydn's vivacious flights than in his more serene vein...though they unfold the Adagio cantabile of the Quartet in D major, Op. 71 No. 2 with an unhurried fullness and luminosity. Yet the main virtue is that these readings never sound mannered, but alive." -BBC Music Magazine

"The outer movements of Op. 74 No. 1...show that Haydn had clearly constructed all his moments, and the Takacs don't stint on them. Or on the moments that are less obvious calls to attention - like No. 2 which, after an imposing eight-bar introduction, settles into what these musicians discern as a work of quieter subtleties, their excellent internal balancing allowing every note and expressive gesture to speak." -Gramophone

"The Takacs play this ever-surprising music with their characteristic imagination, contrapuntal rigour, sensitivity to texture and colour, and, in the dizzying finales, wit. They are the epitome of Goethe's four intelligent conversationalists, always fresh in their response to Haydn's astonishing inventiveness." -The Sunday Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (2010-11-15_2010-11-17&2011-).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 74 no 1/H 3 no 72
  • Ensemble: Takacs Quartet
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (01/30/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 74 no 2/H 3 no 73
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793