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

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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 Quartets Volume 9

Haydn: String Quartets Volume 9


Haydn:

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

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

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


The Leipzig String Quartet continues their critically acclaimed recordings for the MDG label.

In the ninth volume of their Haydn edition the Leipzig four once again demonstrate the innovative and individual power of this highly fascinating work group now available in full with the new recording of nos. 1, 3, and 5.

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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 ***

GGramophone Awards 2015

Finalist - Chamber

GGramophone Magazine

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Beethoven & Haydn: String Quartets

Beethoven & Haydn: String Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

Haydn:

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


Quatuor Hermès

This first disc by the Hermès Quartet couples two major works in the genre, the Quartet op.20 no.5, the jewel of one of Haydn's most prestigious sets, and Beethoven's op.127, the first of his late quartets and generally regarded as the peak of the quartet repertoire.

The Hermès Quartet, founded in 2008 in Lyon, is the winner of 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. It also won First Prize and the Coup de Coeur Breguet Prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2011.

The musical identity of the ensemble and the cohesion of its members have been strengthened by working with such musicians as Miguel da Silva (Ysaÿe Quartet); Eberhard Feltz and Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet); Valentin Erben and Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet). The Hermès Quartet is currently engaged in postgraduate study with the Artemis Quartet and the Ysaÿe Quartet.

“Recordings of Schumann’s three string quartets may not be anything like the novelties they were even a decade ago, but performances as thoughtful, vivacious and individually coloured as these by the young French-based Quatuor Hermès are always welcome. They perfectly catch the works’ position in the early history of Romantic chamber music.” The Guardian, 23rd October 2014 ****

“a fresh-faced reading ... a delightful sense of fun and happiness” The Strad, March 2013

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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 ***

GGramophone Magazine

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 2

Haydn: String Quartets Volume 2


Haydn:

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

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

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


“…an absolute triumph. Miraculously honed intonation and perfect ensemble is matched throughout by an innate understanding of Haydn's mercurial and immensely varied musical language. Recorded in superb sound, this has to be one of the best Haydn quartet recordings to be released in his anniversary year” BBC Music Magazine, Sptember 2009

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010

Chamber Award Winner

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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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Quartetti Fugati

Quartetti Fugati


Albrechtsberger, J G:

Adagio et Fugue en Do mineur, Op. 24, No. 4

Adagio

Haydn:

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

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

Mozart:

Fugues from Das wohltemperierte Klavier, K405

nach Johann Sebastian Bach BWV871 & BWV876

Werner, G J:

Fuga en Sol mineur

Fuga en Ré Majeur


Quatuor Rincontro

A fascinating CD coupling inspired arrangements by Mozart of fugues by J. S. Bach with Haydn quartets that feature a fugal movement and music by their contemporaries Werner and Albrechtsberger, highly esteemed by Emperor Joseph II, who even opened a special department for fugal forms in the imperial library in Vienna.

‘ . . . it is well known that changes in taste have very little influence on the fugue. For this reason, lovers of music for quartet need not be afraid. . . to find in these works of art anything that might be offensive to the tastes of our own time . . . precisely because they are written in a spirit that never goes out of fashion . . .’ Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, 1808

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Haydn - Sun Quartets

Haydn - Sun Quartets


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


Pellegrini Quartett

Haydn's chamber music centres on his 68 string quartets, a genre of which he was more nearly the literal ‘father’ than the symphony. Haydn’s six Sun Quartets Op. 20 concluded the astonishing series of eighteen works with which Haydn laid the foundations of the classical string quartet and was a decisive factor in the establishment of the composer’s fame. Together with the Quartets op. 17 composed during the previous year, the Quartets op. 20 operated on a level that no Haydn contemporary could even come close to matching, and it would not be exaggerating to rank this collection as one of the most manifold, most experimental, and most enthralling of the eighteenth century. Opp.9, 17 and 20 established the four-movement form with two outer fast movements, a slow movement and a minuet (although in this period the minuet usually precedes the slow movement). They also – op.20 in particular – established the larger dimensions, higher aesthetic pretensions and greater emotional range that were to characterize the genre from this point onwards. They are important exemplars of Haydn's Sturm und Drang manner.

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