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The six String Quartets Op.33, though known as the 'Russian' in reference to their dedicatee the Grand Duke of Russia and future Tsar Paul I, in fact have much more in common with Austrian folk music and comic opera. Almost ten years after the extreme intensity of his Op.20, Haydn shows his wit and good humour in these works featuring scherzos, written 'in a new and special way'.
"the best quartet to have come out of Spain for many a year" The Strad
“…a vivacious and technically superb outfit…”
“These quartets, written in "a new and special way", are played… in a style not heard from established groups, vindicating scholar David Schroeder's belief that "new and special" also represented "new possibilities for the relationship of the four performers". The relationship here is one of compact, razor-edged cohesion...”
“they richly repay performances as inventive and witty as these ones by the excellent Cuarteto Casals. The group’s rhythmic vitality and dynamic range are a constant pleasure… this set represents an
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