Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55

Hyperion: CDA68160

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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

27th January 2017

Label:

Hyperion

Catalogue No:

CDA68160

Discs:

2

Release date:

27th Jan 2017

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0034571281605

Medium:

CD

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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55

performed from the 1789 London edition published by Longman and Broderip


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1 in G major

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 2 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 3 in E major

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 1 in A major

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 2 in F minor 'The Razor'

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 3 in B major


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The London Haydn Quartet reaches the six great quartets published in 1788 as Opp 54 & 55 in another unmissable two-for-the-price-of-one set. Is it possible to have too much Haydn? The only sensible answer is ‘no’, especially when the music is performed with such intelligence and humanity as here.

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1 in G major

1. Vivace Assai

2. Andante O Più Tosto Allegretto

3. Menuetto

4. Vivace

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 2 in C major

1. Vivace

2. Adagio

3. Menuetto: Allegretto

4. Adagio; Presto; Adagio

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 3 in E major

1. Allegro

2. Largo Cantabile

3. Menuetto: Allegretto

4. Presto

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 1 in A major

1. Allegro

2. Adagio Cantabile

3. Menuetto

4. Vivace

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 2 in F minor 'The Razor'

1. Andante Più Tosto Allegretto

2. Allegro

3. Menuetto: Allegretto

4. Presto

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 3 in B major

1. Vivace Assai

2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo

3. Menuetto

4. Presto

The Observer

22nd January 2017

*****

“These period instrument players, whose very name declares their affinity for Haydn, excel in the latest in their Hyperion series. Ever spry in fast movements, faultless in dexterity and intonation, they find a special warmth of feeling in the slower moments…too many pleasures to enumerate. Try for yourself.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

27th January 2017

“It should come as no surprise that the London Haydn Quartet, who have after all made it their mission to perfect the period performance of Haydn’s quartets (with gut strings as well as a historically-informed mindset), handle all the twists and turns with aplomb.”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2017

“The London Haydn Quartet engage both head and heart from the very first bar…Catherine Manson wrings aching portamentos out of her swirling phrases. Yet it’s all, somehow, kept within a logical rhythmic framework…these performances offer more with each listening”

Financial Times

February 2017

“With their virtuoso first violin parts, the London Haydn Quartet perform with period ebullience”

BBC Music Magazine

March 2017

***

“The London Haydn Quartet are perhaps at their best in the presto finales, where their unflagging energy is exhilarating. Their deeply-felt account of the Largo from the E major last quartet in the Op. 54 triptych is also impressive, as is the way they make the aching dissonances of the minuet’s trio in Op. 54 No. 2 sound like cries of despair”

The Strad

April 2017

“In all, it’s an impressive achievement…the ensemble plays with unwavering unanimity…there’s an eloquence in the overall playing that shines through…A clean yet warm recording aptly captures the purity of the largely vibratoless tones.”

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