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F.J. Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 33 / Eybler Quartet

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  1. String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33 #5, H III 41 “How do you do?”: I. Vivace assai $0.99 on iTunes
  2. String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33 #5, H III 41 “How do you do?”: II. Largo e cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  3. String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33 #5, H III 41 “How do you do?”: III. Scherzo – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33 #5, H III 41 “How do you do?”: IV. Finale – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33 #1, H III 37: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33 #1, H III 37: II. Scherzo – Allegro di molto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33 #1, H III 37: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  8. String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33 #1, H III 37: IV. Finale – Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 #6, H III 42: I. Vivace assai $0.99 on iTunes
  10. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 #6, H III 42: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 #6, H III 42: III. Scherzo – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 33 #6, H III 42: IV. Finale – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 #2, H III 38 “The Joke”: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  14. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 #2, H III 38 “The Joke”: II. Scherzo – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 #2, H III 38 “The Joke”: III. Largo e sostenuto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 33 #2, H III 38 “The Joke”: IV. Finale – Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 33 #4, H III 40: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  18. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 33 #4, H III 40: II. Scherzo – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 33 #4, H III 40: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 33 #4, H III 40: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33 #3, H III 39 “The Bird”: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  22. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33 #3, H III 39 “The Bird”: II. Scherzo – Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33 #3, H III 39 “The Bird”: III. Adagio ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33 #3, H III 39 “The Bird”: IV. Rondo – Presto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : String Quartets (6), Op. 33, H. 3/37-42
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Notes & Reviews:

In the summer and early autumn of 1781, Franz Joseph Haydn began work on the six quartets we know today as Op. 33, or more eruditely as Hoboken III: 37-42. They are also known popularly as the "Jungferne" quartets, the "Russian" quartets and "gli scherzi".

The first documented performance of the quartets was in the chambers of the Russian Grand Duke Paul (later Tsar Paul I). Haydn inscribed a dedication on the manuscript copy of the quartets that he gave to the Grand Duke, hence the second popular nickname, the "Russian" Quartets.

The third popular name, "gli scherzi" or "the Jokes", speaks to the music itself. For the first time in his quartets, Haydn replaces the minuet movement with one entitled scherzo; while all six movements share essentially the same form, they demonstrate incredible variety of texture and invention. In the trio section of the scherzo of Op. 33, No. 2 in E flat major (Hob. III: 38, which is itself known as "the Joke"), Haydn specifies fingerings in the first violin part that imply sliding between the pitches (perhaps a slightly tipsy tavern fiddler?).

The last movement of the same piece features an elaborate joke, with several false endings, finishing with precisely the same two measures as it began.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario (01/2012).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : String Quartets (6), Op. 33, H. 3/37-42
  • Ensemble: Eybler String Quartet
  • Running Time: 63 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1781