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

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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 54 & 55

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


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

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.

“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.” The Observer, 22nd 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.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 27th January 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” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“With their virtuoso first violin parts, the London Haydn Quartet perform with period ebullience” Financial Times, February 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” BBC Music Magazine, March 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.” The Strad, April 2017

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27th January 2017

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Hyperion - CDA68160

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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54 Nos. 1-3

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54 Nos. 1-3


Haydn:

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

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

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


“Haydn's String Quartets by the Kodaly Quartet are wonderful.” Classic CD

Naxos - 8550395

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Haydn: String Quartets, Opp. 54-55

Haydn: String Quartets, Opp. 54-55


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. 3 in B major


Buchberger Quartet

Brilliant Classics - 94904

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 54, Nos. 1-3

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 54, Nos. 1-3


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


Pecuniary difficulties seem to have been at the root of the six quartets which Haydn began composing in the early summer of 1788. Normally meticulous and thoughtful in his work, Haydn here showed himself singulary capable of swift, instinctive writing. He went straight to the heart of the problem, concentrating his efforts and distilling music from sudden flashes of inspiration.

“These are robust yet tender readings by one of France's premiere quartets, cleanly recorded. A good opportunity to revisit Haydn's Op. 54 No. 2, one of his boldest structures.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

Ysaÿe Records - YR501

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 54

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 54


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


The Sacconi Quartet's first release on their own label, voted RECORDING OF THE MONTH by MusicWeb International.

This CD features Haydn's masterful opus 54 quartets complete. Written for virtuoso violinist and friend of Haydn's Johann Tost, these quartets feature florid and virtuosic writing for all four parts – truly a conversation between four musical voices.

“The Sacconis seem to perfectly understand every nuance, find exactly the right tempo for each movement . . . they play with a verve and style which is perfect for this composer.” MusicWeb International.

This outstanding performance from the young Sacconi Quartet captures Haydn at his best, from the breezy, energetic opening of quartet op54/1, the high spirits of the first movement of op54/2, the tragic and sparse second movement, and the passionate and free op54/3. The sumptuous artwork is based on an original painting by Neil Canning, providing the first in a series of cover images for the Sacconi's recordings.

This CD contains three complete quartets (op54/1, op54/2, op54/3) by the “Father of the string quartet”, Haydn, with a total playing time of 63mins.

Sacconi Records - SACC101

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Haydn - String Quartets Volume 8

Haydn - String Quartets Volume 8

The Auryn Series XXII


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


For this anniversary year of Haydn, the Auryn Quartet has been preparing a complete cycle of the Haydn Quartets which will be presented by WDR Cologne in a total of 18 concerts.

Tacet - The Auryn Series - TACET176

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$15.00

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Haydn: 6 String Quartets Op. 54/55

Haydn: 6 String Quartets Op. 54/55


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


Tátrai Quartet

Hungaroton - HCD12506-07

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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 54


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


“All three quartets are in the usual fourmovement form but they contain many surprises: in No 1, the false recapitulation in the first movement, the dark modulations in the following sonata-form Allegretto and the Hungarian gipsy flavour (anticipated in the Minuet) and mischievousness of the final rondo. No 2 has a rhapsodic fiddler in its second movement, a nostalgic minuet with an extraordinarily anguished trio, and an Adagio finale in which a Presto section turns out to be no more than an episode.
A notable feature of No 3 is its ternary-form Largo cantabile, the centre of which is more like a mini-concerto for the first violin; 'Scotch snaps' pervade the Minuet, and pedal points the finale.
The performances and the recording are superb, marked by unanimity, fine tone, suppleness of phrasing, and acute dynamic shaping; in the second movement of No 1 there are hushed passages whose homogeneity and quality of sound are both quite remarkable. Overall, this recording is irresistible.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Presto CD

ASV - CDDCA582

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Haydn - String Quartets Op. 54 and 74

Haydn - String Quartets Op. 54 and 74


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. 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'


Erato de Virgin - 5614362

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Haydn - Quartets Vol. 1

Haydn - Quartets Vol. 1


Haydn:

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

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

String Quartet, Op. 50 No. 3 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 4 in G major

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

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. 76 No. 3 in C major 'Emperor'

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

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 3 in B flat major

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

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 2 in F major


“The Pro Arte Quartet's first London appearance in 1925 prompted The Times to declare, 'One has never heard it surpassed, and rarely equalled, in volume and beauty of tone, in accuracy of intonation and in perfection of balance between the parts' – and that could well be the verdict on these sets. The musicians' tempos invariably seem just right and their phrasing has an inner life that's extraordinarily potent. Alphonse Onnou and Laurent Halleux were superbly matched, and Halleux often led in their early days. Such virtuosity as the quartet exhibits is effortless and totally lacking in ostentation. Though the actual sound is dated – the string tone is wanting in bloom and freshness – the ear soon adjusts; but these transfers might have made a little more space between movements.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Testament - SBT3055

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