Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

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Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 2

Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 2


Haydn:

String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)


This is the second volume in the Doric String Quartet’s series devoted to Haydn’s String Quartets. Op. 76 turned out to be the last full set of six string quartets that Haydn was to compose. While they were written over the period 1796-97, they were not published until 1799. They had been commissioned by Count Joseph Erdödy, and such arrangements often entailed, as in this case, a period of time during which the works were reserved for that person’s exclusive use and enjoyment. The composition of Op. 76 coincided with Haydn’s work on Die Schöpfung and the first few of the six masses which Haydn wrote for the name day of Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterházy, and one can readily imagine that such compositional preoccupations rubbed off onto the composition of the quartets. However, that cannot be equated with a particular predominant ‘opus character’, a feature of some of Haydn’s previous sets. Rather – like Op. 20, also recently recorded by the Doric String Quartet (CHAN10831(2)) – the quartets seem to be most remarkable for their sheer variety. If there is anything they take from works such as Die Schöpfung, it is sheer plurality of stylistic references, a sense of traversing an entire world of musical possibilities.

Learned and rustic elements, for instance, are given exceptionally vivid treatment, and there are also passages of the greatest intimacy and grandeur.

“The brilliant Doric’s stance is unapologetically of the 19th rather than 18th century — slow movements tend towards the luxuriant, not just in timbre — yet always there’s a sense of clarity and precision. Their playing is hard to beat.” Sunday Times, 31st January 2016

“No quartet in my experience has employed such a wide range of colour and dynamics in this music, often with revelatory results…the Doric's daring, imaginative and technically superb performances demand to be heard” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“The Doric Quartet continues its Haydn series with a splendid account of the composer’s last great set of six.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)


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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 76, Nos. 4 - 6

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 76, Nos. 4 - 6


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 5 in D major

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


“Here, in the last three Op 76 quartets, you've Haydn interpretations that bring forth the full range of expression in these inspired works of his official retirement. They aren't just polished and refined but communicate with an intensity that simulates live performance. No 5 in D was one of the works which The Lindsays recorded earlier live at the Wigmore Hall, but the extra subtlety this time means that rhythms are a degree more liltingly seductive, in which humour is more delightfully pointed, as in the repeated cadence-figure at the start of the finale, with comic pauses beautifully timed.
The quiet opening of No 4, which gave rise to the nickname 'Sunrise', gently insinuates itself before the full thrust of the Allegro takes over; with its heightened contrasts, it could not be more captivating. Most strikingly, too, the slow movements in each of these three quartets are given a visionary intensity, matching The Lindsays' treatment of the slow movement of No 1 in the companion disc.
Here is music from the last years of Haydn's career which in these performances has you thinking forward to middle or late Beethoven and the new world of the 19th century. So the Adagio of No 4 brings a hymn-like dedication, not least in the dark E flat minor episode, and the astonishing modulations in the Fantasia slow movement of No 6 convey the tingle of new discovery, with magical pianissimos for contrast. This was a work which for Donald Tovey marked a tailing-off of inspiration, but one registers the opposite with The Lindsays, when the adagio Fantasia gives way to such witty treatment both in the presto Minuet (in fact a scherzo), with its weird leaps, and the Allegro spirituoso finale.
With refined sound that draws out the subtleties of balance between these players, here's another disc of Haydn from The Lindsays that sets the highest standards.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Landscapes: Haydn, Takemitsu, Bartók & Pärt

Landscapes: Haydn, Takemitsu, Bartók & Pärt


Bartók:

String Quartet No. 2, Sz 67 (Op. 17)

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

Pärt:

Fratres for String Quartet

Takemitsu:

Landscape I for string quartet


Schumann Quartet

Berlin Classics is proud to present the Schumann Quartet, winners of the BBC Music Magazine 2016 Newcomer award.

“Landscapes” is a journey in sound to the roots of the Schumann Quartet, a foursome made up of the three brothers Erik, Ken and Mark Schumann and the viola player Liisa Randalu. Four very different works contribute their personal stories to form a magical whole. At the album’s hub is Arvo Pärt’s composition “Fratres”, meaning “brothers”. The Schumann Quartet rehearsed the work with Pärt in Viimsi in Estonia and recorded it there. The personal contact with the composer came through Pärt’s Estonian compatriot Liisa Randalu.

The biographical and contextual links that are particularly evident in this piece, while influencing the whole choice of works in this Berlin Classics debut, are almost incidental to the instinctive companionship of the quartet’s members. The Schumann Quartet was founded about five years ago, but its unique playing culture means it already has an international reputation as one of the best quartets around. “One look, and I know how he/she would like to play the music at that moment,” says Ken Schumann about the mystical communion within the ensemble. It is this intuitive exchange between one another and the wish to raise this communication to the maximum degree, “to see what the tension and our joint spontaneity can take,” that makes the quartet so exceptional and that has been captured on “Landscapes”. The Schumann Quartet find that the only way they can really project a work is live, “because all sense of imitation is gone and you are automatically true to yourself”, and so the recordings of Joseph Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet op. 76/4, Tōru Takemitsu’s “Landscape I for string quartet” and Béla Bartók’s Second String Quartet, Sz. 67 were recorded in June 2016 as a studio concert in front of an audience in the Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg. “Fratres” was recorded one month later after an intensive series of rehearsals with Arvo Pärt in the Lutheran Church of St James in Viimsi, Estonia.

In line with the backgrounds of the quartet’s four members (the Schumann brothers are German, of Romanian-Japanese origin) the pieces on this album come from those various parts of the world: the album is a compilation of Estonian, Japanese, Hungarian and Austro-German works. The collection of pieces is tied together with the ribbon of “Landscapes” and is an integral part of the Schumann Quartet’s live programme. Magical associations.

“[The Pärt is] an exercise in variable scoring, more spirit than body, and its evanescent repetitions contrast with the opening confidence of Haydn’s Sunrise quartet and with Bartok’s Quartet No 2, but complement Takemitsu’s Landscape I.” Sunday Times, 9th April 2017

“The young German ensemble give a svelte, purified, dynamic reading…movement after movement, one remains attentive to how they delineate the melodies with such liberties as good taste will allow” Diapason, May 2017 *****

“Here's another enlightened programme from the young German Schumann Quartet...Haydn's Sunrise is freshly radiant in their hands, the Menuett almost swung with an elastic rhythmic bounce, the Finale a rollercoaster of surprises...[In the Bartók] the Moderato's contrapuntal conversation is exquisitely voiced and sung, underpinned by cellist Mark Schumann's deeply refined artistry.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 *****

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Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K387 'Spring'


Rubin Quartet

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Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'


Rubin Quartett

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Haydn: String Quartets

Haydn: String Quartets

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Haydn:

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

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String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

(arr. for flute & string trio)

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

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Quartetto Modus

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Matangi Quartet: Haydn’s Nature

Matangi Quartet: Haydn’s Nature


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

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

String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 3 in C major ‘The Bird'


Matangi Quartet

On this CD the Mantangi Quartet perform three String quartets by Joseph Haydn, all of which have subtitles that refer to aspects of nature: opus 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”, opus 50, No. 6 “The Frog”, and opus 33, No. 3 “The Bird”.

The Matangi Quartet was founded in 1999 by four young musicians then studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003 Matangi completed the two-year, full-time course at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz (cellist, Orlando Quartet). At the Academy, the Matangi Quartet had the opportunity to take lessons from international renowned musicians, including the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also received intensive mentoring from Henk Guittart (violinist, Schönberg Quartet) for several years. Since then the quartet has become a regular performer on the Dutch chamber music scene and abroad.

In 2002 Matangi was awarded the prestigious Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, an annual prize awarded to exceptional chamber music talent in the Netherlands, and in 2008 the quartet won third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. The Matangi Quartet has released several CDs on Challenge Records including “Mendelssohn” (CC72308) in 2009, “Candybox” (CC72353) in 2010, and, alongside the viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau won the Edison Audience Award in 2009 for their CD “Chansons d’amour” (CC72305).

“the Matangi Quartet's sound contributes more to a series of intelligent, considered interpretations than to a simple striving for self-conscious beauty. Vibrato is used spraingly as an expressive device and the slightly dry acoustic draws the listener in, especially in quieter music...enjoy an hour or more of near-ideal Haydn playing.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“The playing, by a leading young Dutch quartet, is scintillating...Consistently intelligent playing wins out over purely beautiful tone, which here is just right.” The Observer, 15th December 2013 ***

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)


The Wilanów Quartet

Opus 76 is nearly the end of Haydn’s epic quartet output. The piece dates from 1797, probably written between The Creation and The Seasons and can possibly be judged as the six greatest quartets that he ever wrote. The Wilanow Quartet was founded in 1967 and takes its name from the summer residence of King Jan the Third Sobieski in the Warsaw suburb of Wilanów, where it gave its first concerts.

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Haydn: 'Erdödy' String Quartets Vol. 2

Haydn: 'Erdödy' String Quartets Vol. 2


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4 in B flat major 'Sunrise'

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 5 in D major

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


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