Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'


These quartets date from 1793 and were written when Haydn returned home to Vienna after a visit to London which had cemented his international fame as a composer and public figure.

The composer 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, both released this month by the acclaimed Takács Quartet.

The quartets possess an orchestral sonority, and the frequent modulations, dynamic variations and increasingly virtuosic writing can be derived from elements of the six London Symphonies. They demonstrate the composer’s astonishing elegance, lyricism and his 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 quartets.

“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, 18th November 2011 ****

“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, 24th November 2011 *****

“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, December 2011 ****

“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 Magazine, December 2011

“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.” Sunday Times, 4th December 2011

“the sound captured here is rich and rounded, but with no shortage of clarity and detail. These details are what makes the difference in the faster and wittier movements, with bravura passagework for all instruments tossed off with real style and panache...passages where Edward Dusinberre’s first violin floats effortlessly above the lower trio are simply magical.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 7th November 2011

Presto Disc of the Week

7th November 2011

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Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

Interspersed with arrangements of songs by Michael Jackson, Ben E. King, Led Zeppelin, A-Ha & Mack Rice


Altius Quartet

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Navona Records - NV6078

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Haydn - String Quartets Volume 1

Haydn - String Quartets Volume 1


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 9 No. 6 in A major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 50 No. 6 in D major ‘The Frog''


Schuppanzigh Quartet

The “new” Schuppanzigh Quartet was formed in 1996, the 200th anniversary of its historical model – the string quartet founded in 1796 by Ignaz Schuppanzigh (1796-1830) – by musicians who have all made a name for themselves in the field of historical performance practice. They play on period instruments.

Accent - ACC24197

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Haydn - String Quartets Volume 12

Haydn - String Quartets Volume 12

The Auryn Series XIX


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'


Tacet - The Auryn Series - TACET169

(CD)

$15.00

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Josef Haydn - String Quartets

Josef Haydn - String Quartets


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 3 in G minor

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 1 in G major


Super Audio CD

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Channel - CCSSA25907

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$15.75

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Juilliard String Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'


Recorded 1960, some tracks mono

Testament - SBT1372

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$14.00

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Haydn: Flute Sonatas

Haydn: Flute Sonatas

(arranged from string quartets)


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 6 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major


Juliette Hurel (flute), Helene Couvert (piano)

All works arranged for flute and piano

Zigzag - ZZT050503

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Haydn - String Quartets Op. 74

Haydn - String Quartets Op. 74


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'


"alert and intelligently shaped performances display virtuosity and an immaculate tonal blend." The Strad

Super Audio CD

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Praga Digitals - DSD250212

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Haydn: Apponyi Quartets (Opp. 71 & 74)

Haydn: Apponyi Quartets (Opp. 71 & 74)


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 1 in B flat major

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 2 in D major

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 3 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'


Tátrai Quartet

Hungaroton - HCD12246-47

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Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major, etc.

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'


“These fine Naxos discs.” Fanfare

“The Kodály Quartet plays with evident joy and an easy neatness of ensemble. There's never a hint of routine and the inter-communication is matched by enormous care for detail. Just sample the elegant Andante with variations which form the slow movement of Op 71 No 3, or the witty Minuet which follows, or any of the consistently inspired Op 74 set. The hushed intensity of playing in the Largo assai of Op 74 No 3 is unforgettable. The recordings are wholly natural and balanced within a well-judged acoustic; the sound is of the highest quality and documentation is excellent. At their modest price this pair of CDs is irresistible.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Naxos - 8550396

(CD)

$7.50

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