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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 71 / Takacs Quartet

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 71 no 1/H 3 no 69
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 71 no 2/H 3 no 70
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 56 in E flat major, Op. 71/3, H. 3/71

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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 71 no 1/H 3 no 69
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 71 no 2/H 3 no 70
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 56 in E flat major, Op. 71/3, H. 3/71
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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.

"Just occasionally one wonders whether the distinctive timbre and vibrato of Takacs leader Edward Dusinberre sounds too far apart from the other three players for ideal blend. But structure and integrity of feeling are heard here in abundance." -BBC Music Magazine

"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

"The musicians' clarity of line and perfect balance [are] well reflected in Hyperion's recording. Try the bright light chatter of the Op 71/1 finale, bows bouncing nimbly over the strings; or the playful, trill-laced kaleidoscope of Op 71/3's first movement...After these magnificent CDs, if the Takács wanted to record Haydn's other 62 quartets, I wouldn't raise a hand to stop them." -The Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 71 no 1/H 3 no 69
  • Ensemble: Takacs Quartet
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (01/30/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 71 no 2/H 3 no 70
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (01/30/2011-02/02/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1793

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings no 56 in E flat major, Op. 71/3, H. 3/71
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (11/15/2010-11/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1793