Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

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Haydn: ‘Sun’ Quartets Op.20, Nos. 4-6 (Vol. 2)

Haydn: ‘Sun’ Quartets Op.20, Nos. 4-6 (Vol. 2)


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


Chiaroscuro Quartet

The so-called ‘Sun’ quartets of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 20 are often said to represent an unprecedented flowering of his string quartet writing, establishing a high watermark to which every other subsequent composer of quartets has paid homage. The six quartets are not a monument of compositional rectitude or propriety, rather, it is their flexibility, variety and unpredictability that make them so compelling. Every bar is full of a sense of musical adventure, a palpable feeling that Haydn is creating bridges between styles and ideas and forging a composite vision of four-part string writing that draws on every historical source that he knew as well as the furthest reaches of his musical imagination.

On this second instalment, the last three quartets of the set are performed by the Chiaroscuro Quartet, an international ensemble formed in 2005 by the violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone, the quartet plays on gut strings, and the previous instalment was singled out as a recommended disc by The Strad, whose reviewer described its contents as ‘period-instrument performances of the utmost subtlety and refinement’.

“done with exquisite taste. The playing is intense and refined, exploratory and poised. The sound is featherweight, but there is grit and substance when needed. Alina Ibragimova leads with typical grace and ferocity, but this is real chamber music: the attack is immaculate and spirited from all four musicians.” The Guardian, 22nd June 2017 *****

“The finale’s dramatic profiling is relished with an exuberance and temporal flexibility such that one wonders afresh at the blazing ingenuity of Haydn’s creative imagination.” The Strad, July 2017

“The more I listened to the Chiaroscuros, the more I found myself tuning into their world. I very much hope that they will return to Haydn soon.” MusicWeb International, July 2017

“In this completion of the set the players again use gut strings, but it is less the period light touch of the performances that is captivating than the inexhaustible richness of their imagination. Every unexpected twist and turn is as fresh as the day it was written.” Financial Times, 4th August 2017 *****

“The Chiaroscuro Quartet revel in the composer's play of ideas...It was the interpretation of No. 5 that blind-sided me on a first listening...This is a deeply absorbing reading, and can make other interpretations seem almost trite. It’s partly the sheer timbral and dynamic range on offer: each note is given its resonance, keening dissonances fully realised, high lines lent a fine spun, fragile beauty.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 *****

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Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'


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Werden sein Vergehen

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Derungs:

Triptychon

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

Mayuzumi:

Prelude for String Quartet

Webern:

String Quartet, Op. post. (1905)

Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 (1911-1913)


Pacific Quartet Vienna

With their debut CD the Pacific Quartet Vienna takes on a musical journey through very different spaces and epochs. The album title is derived from the “Alpine Triptych Becoming – Being – Passing Away” by the painter Giovanni Segantini, which he made for the World Exhibition in Paris, and constitutes the central source of inspiration for the internal structure of this CD recording. Starting with the Prelude for string quartet (1961) by Toshiro Mayuzumi, the ensemble presents one of the “Sun quartets” by Joseph Haydn (D major, Op. 20 No. 4), the String Quartet (1905) and the Six Bagatelles for String Quartet (1911/13) by Anton Webern. Triptychon (2015) by the Swiss composer Martin Derungs is dedicated to the Pacific Quartet Vienna and with its movements “becoming”, “being” and “passing away” directly refers to the influence of Segantini's painting.

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Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 1

Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 1


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major

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

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


Haydn’s six Op. 20 string quartets are milestones in the history of the genre. He wrote them in 1772 for performance by his colleagues at the Esterházy court and, unusually, not specifically for publication. Each one is a unique masterpiece and the set introduces compositional techniques that radically transformed the genre and shaped it for centuries to come. Haydn overturns conventional instrumental roles, crafts remarkably original colours and textures, and unlocks new expressive possibilities in these works which were crucial in establishing the reputation of purely instrumental music. The range within the quartets is kaleidoscopic. From the introspective, chorale-like slow movement of No. 1 via the terse and radical quartet No. 3 in G minor to the comic spirit of the fourth in D major, each of the quartets inhabits a distinct musical world. For many, this is some of the greatest music Haydn ever wrote.

Playing these seminal works is one of the world’s finest young ensembles, the Doric String Quartet. As well as having already produced a string of acclaimed recordings on Chandos, the group has been widely praised for its live performances of Haydn’s works. The Sunday Telegraph wrote that ‘Haydn and the Doric are a perfect match… Unequivocally, these were performances of terrific panache and perception, seeming to get right under the skin of Haydn’s creative genius’.

“The spirit and stylistic understanding that the Doric brings to this music is a constant joy, coupled with clarity of articulation, refined but unfussy nuances of dynamics and emphasis, and a thorough appreciation of the instrumental democracy and conversational ease that Haydn established in this music and which made it such a landmark in the art of quartet-writing.” The Telegraph, 27th October 2014 ****

“The musicians of the Doric String Quartet respond with imagination to each fresh idea, bringing into play a lightness of touch, much spirit and — this being Haydn — wit. Above all, they fill the two-disc set with affection for Haydn’s inexhaustible creativity.” Financial Times, 5th December 2014 ****

“Thoughtfulness is uppermost. Allied to precision in articulation is a flexibility in the scansion and shaping of phrases, of notes timed through a remarkable understanding of rubato, of a range of expressive resilience that gives even the smallest of episodes in a long line their own character without distorting structure or disturbing flow.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“The Doric Quartet, making sparing use of vibrato, play with much sensitivity. Their slow movements, in particular, are beautifully done...But elsewhere a determination to characterise the music all too often leads to exaggerated pauses and tempo fluctuations that threaten its coherence.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

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Haydn: String Quartets

Haydn: String Quartets

Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, 19–22 July 2012


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 5 in D major 'The Lark'

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

String Quartet, Op. 103 in D minor

Hin ist all meine Kraft: A Visiting card appended to Op. 103


“For the Haydn disc I suggest Op 20/4, Op 64/5 The Lark OR 64/6, and Op 76/1 … a good spread of the early middle and late periods of his maturity. We could also add Op 103 the very last complete movements Haydn wrote ….. the 2 middle movements of a quartet Haydn didn’t have the strength to complete .. Though they are top-class works. Instead he wrote a few notes which he had printed on his card which had words underneath saying ‘Hin ist alle meine Kraft. Alt und schwach bin ich ……….‘ ‚‘All my strength has gone…. Old and weak am I …’. [this is track 15 on the new CD] I know how he felt ……..” David Waterman - cello

“The recorded sound...has the fullness and realism of a live performance. The Endellion String Quartet respond to these scores with an equally full-toned generosity, though they fine down their vibratos to a remote purity for the wonderful Adagio affetuoso” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

“the Endellion's playing is nearly always beyond reproach, and this contrasting array of Haydn's quartet styles and personalities is no exception. They bring out with very simply clarity all of Haydn's humour.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2013

“The Endellions play this music with a high degree of polish and refinement. You get the feeling that they have lived with these works for a long time...they penetrate to the core of the music, projecting elegance and lyricism with spontaneity. This is cultivated playing at its very best. Intonation and phrasing are always immaculate.” MusicWeb International, 23rd April 2013

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Haydn: String Quartets Volume 4

Haydn: String Quartets Volume 4


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


The Leipzig String Quartet has long been established as one of the world’s top quartets and here continues its excellent Haydn cycle. “One is immediately transfixed by the elegance and poise of the phrasing, the exactitude of the intonation, the silvery sheen of the sound…” BBC Music Magazine

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20

performed from the Artaria edition published in Vienna in 1801


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major

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

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


The London Haydn Quartet: Catherine Manson (violin), Michael Gurevich (violin), James Boyd (viola) & Richard Lester (cello)

Haydn’s remarkable Opus 20 quartets are rightfully regarded as landmarks in the history of the string quartet.

Throughout the six contrasting quartets the composer employs compositional techniques that were to shape and define the genre.

We witness a deviation in style from the lightness and wit of his previous quartets to a mood of emotional intensity and darker musical imagery. The six Opus 20 works are all individually exquisite masterpieces and demonstrate a composer at the height of creative maturity. They display an astonishing consistency of excellence and a huge variety of form and style, contrasting dynamics and relentless energy. Increasingly polyphonic textures are infused with a sense of drama, and the cello is often freed from its basso continuo roots to a position of prominence.

The London Haydn Quartet is the ideal advocate for these works and gives elegant, radiant and exhilaratingly assured performances.

“Using gut strings, classical bows and a bare minimum of vibrato, and making a point of using the Artaria edition of the works that Haydn himself supervised for publication in 1801, their performances often seem strikingly austere, and will not be to all tastes; they sometimes have a rawness that harks back to the early hair-shirt days of the period-instrument movement” The Guardian, 1st September 2011 ***

“provocative interpretations - of enthralling magnitude.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“The young ensemble plays on authentic gut strings with classical bows. Their thin, supple tone brings out Haydn's melodic line...The commitment of this string quartet to one composer pays off. Their wiry, period tone suits Haydn's melodious, down-to-earth writing. They capture [his] urbane wit and complex intelligence” Classic FM Magazine, November 2011 ****

“this recording maintains their historically informed, period instrument approach. Once again, preparation has been meticulous...The almost vibrato-less playing is immaculate in intonation and subtly responsive to shifts and contrasts of Haydn's invention.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

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Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2011

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Haydn: Six Quartets, Op. 20

Haydn: Six Quartets, Op. 20


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major

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

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


Daedalus Quartet

On this specially-priced two-disc set, the Daedalus Quartet performs Haydn's six revolutionary Op. 20 “Sun” quartets. These six quartets, composed in 1772, were among the most influential quartets of their era. Before embarking on his own first (Op. 18) string quartets, Beethoven studied the scores of Haydn's six masterpieces, copying them out and scoring the first quartet for string orchestra.

“The excellent Daedalus Quartet… opened the season by playing Haydn's Quartet Op. 20, No. 2, one of the six “Sun” Quartets from that opus. The performance was insightful and vibrant. Hearing such an excellent, up-close performance made this Haydn piece seem even more monumental.” New York Times

“Certainly there are moments of frolic but no slow movement could be considered light entertainment, a point the Daedulus Quartet are well aware of. In that of No. 1, headed Affetuoso e sostenuto, the musicians, violinists antiphonally seated, appropriately capture a lot of feeling through adept control of a sustained sonority.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

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Haydn - String Quartets Volume 5

Haydn - String Quartets Volume 5


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major

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

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major


The Auryn’s performance of Haydn’s string quartets is exactly as it should be; vigorous, beautiful to listen to and full of feeling. A rediscovery both of sheer beauty and spirited development.

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Haydn - String Quartets Volume 2

Haydn - String Quartets Volume 2


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 6 in E flat major

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


Joseph Haydn’s remarkable series of 68 string quartets encompasses, in effect, his entire compositional career. The ten works together comprising Op. 1, 2 and ‘Op. 0’ date from his 20s (c. 1758 – 1761); and the final nine works of Op. 76 (1797), 77 (1799) and 103 (1803) were written after the ‘London’ Symphonies, and in close proximity to his oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons.

The stylistic journey Haydn took from beginning to end is striking indeed, on account of the extended time period involved and the inevitable changes in musical taste across Europe. The Amsterdam String Quartet is one of today’s leading period instrument string quartets. The ensemble is specialized in the repertoire of the golden age of the string quartet: from 1762 to 1847. The Amsterdam String Quartet performs the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn as well as the finest works of their lesser known contemporaries.

Its members are all internationally respected specialists at the forefront of the early music scene. In 2009 the quartet will embark on an extensive Haydn project which will include performing all the string quartets. Seminars, master classes at leading institutions and research in collaboration with the world's leading Haydn scholars will be presented by means of an interactive website dedicated to the string quartets of Haydn.

“Using period instruments, the Amsterdam are particularly illuminating in the early Op. 20/4, pinpointing the bold rhythmic ambiguity of the Menuetto alla zingarese and the strongly driven energy in the Presto scherzando.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ****

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