Complete Haydn String Quartets [Box Set]

The Complete Haydn String Quartets [Box Set]

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by Kodály Quartet
     
 
For any comprehensive collection of European music of the Classical period, the string quartets of Haydn are an absolute must. Not only did Haydn invent the genre, but he developed it into a flexible form capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of musical thought and human emotion, in a body of works unparalleled by any other corpus save the

Overview

For any comprehensive collection of European music of the Classical period, the string quartets of Haydn are an absolute must. Not only did Haydn invent the genre, but he developed it into a flexible form capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of musical thought and human emotion, in a body of works unparalleled by any other corpus save the same composer's own mighty series of symphonies. The question then becomes which of the several collections of the complete quartets best represents the works. The listener couldn't do much better than this Naxos collection by the Kodály Quartet. The quartet's playing is lean and agile, but strong and sonorous when necessary, with each player a master of his instrument, and the ensemble is more than the sum of its parts. As interpreters, the Hungarian musicians are expressive but reserved, letting the music sing in the slow movements and dance in the menuettos, but keeping it always within the bounds of civil discourse. That latter phrase is key to the Kodály's approach: Haydn's quartets are indeed a conversation between four equals, and the intellectual wit, warm affection, and surging energy the players bring to the music will be heartening to any Haydn aficionado. If these were the only performances you ever heard of these works, you'd be well satisfied, particularly in Naxos' cool, clear, and very present digital sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099240048
catalogNumber:
8502400
Rank:
40021

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Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major ("La chasse"), Op. 1/1, H. 3/1  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 1/2, H. 3/2  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  3. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 1/3 (H. 3/3)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  4. String Quartet No. 4 in G major, Op. 1/4, H. 3/4  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  5. String Quartet No. 5 in E flat major, H. 2/6, Op. 1/0  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  6. String Quartet No. 6 in C major, Op. 1/6, H. 3/6  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  7. String Quartet No. 7 in A major, Op. 2/1, H. 3/7  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  8. String Quartet No. 8 in E major, Op. 2/2, H. 3/8  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  9. String Quartet No. 35 in D minor, Op. 42, H. 3/43  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  10. String Quartet No. 9 in F major, Op. 2/4, H. 3/10  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  11. String Quartet No. 10 in B flat major, Op. 2/6, H. 3/12  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  12. String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 2/3, H. 3/9 (spurious, arr. of divertimento H. 2/43)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  13. String Quartet in F major Op. 2/5, H. 3/11 (spurious, arr. of divertimento H. 2/44)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  14. String Quartet in E major, Op. 3/1, H. 3/13 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  15. String Quartet in C major, Op. 3/2, H. 3/14 (attrib. to Romanus Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  16. String Quartet in G major, Op. 3/3, H. 3/15 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  17. String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 3/4, H. 3/16 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  18. String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  19. String Quartet in A major, Op. 3/6, H. 3/18 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  20. String Quartet No. 11 in D minor, Op. 9/4, H. 3/22  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  21. String Quartet No. 12 in C major, Op. 9/1, H. 3/19  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  22. String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 9/3, H. 3/21  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  23. String Quartet No. 14 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, H. 3/20  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  24. String Quartet No. 15 in B flat major, Op. 9/5, H. 3/23  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  25. String Quartet No. 16 in A major, Op. 9/6, H. 3/24  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  26. String Quartet No. 17 in F major, Op. 17/2, H. 3/26  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  27. String Quartet No. 18 in E major, Op. 17/1 (H. 3/25)  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  28. String Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17/4, H. 3/28  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  29. String Quartet No. 21 in E flat major, Op. 17/3, H. 3/27  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  30. String Quartet No. 22 in G major, Op. 17/5, H. 3/29  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  31. String Quartet No. 20 in D major, Op. 17/6, H. 3/30  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  32. String Quartet No. 28 in E flat major, Op. 20/1, H. 3/31  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  33. String Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20/2, H. 3/32  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  34. String Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20/3, H. 3/33  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  35. String Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20/4, H. 3/34  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  36. String Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20/5, H. 3/35  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  37. String Quartet No. 24 in A major, Op. 20/6, H. 3/36  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  38. String Quartet No. 29 in G major, Op. 33/5, H. 3/41  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  39. String Quartet No. 30 in E flat major ("Joke"), Op. 33/2, H. 3/38  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  40. String Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Op. 33/1, H. 3/37  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  41. String Quartet No. 32 in C major ("Bird"), Op. 33/3, H. 3/39  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  42. String Quartet No. 33 in D major, Op. 33/6, H. 3/42  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  43. String Quartet No. 34 in B flat major, Op. 33/4, H. 3/40  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  44. String Quartet No. 36 in B flat major, Op. 50/1, H. 3/44  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  45. String Quartet No. 37 in C major, Op. 50/2, H. 3/45  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  46. String Quartet No. 38 in E flat major, Op. 50/3, H. 3/46  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  47. String Quartet No. 39 in F sharp minor, Op. 50/4, H. 3/47  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  48. String Quartet No. 40 in F major ("Dream"), Op. 50/5, H. 3/48  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  49. String Quartet No. 41 in D major ("Frog"), Op. 50/6, H. 3/49  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  50. String Quartet No. 43 in G major, Op. 54/1, H. 3/58  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  51. String Quartet No. 42 in C major, Op. 54/2, H. 3/57  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  52. String Quartet No. 44 in E major, Op. 54/3, H. 3/59  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  53. String Quartet No. 45 in A major, Op. 55/1, H. 3/60  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  54. String Quartet No. 46 in F minor ("Razor"), Op. 55/2, H. 3/61  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  55. String Quartet No. 47 in B flat major, Op. 55/3, H. 3/62  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  56. String Quartet No. 48 in C major, Op. 64/1, H. 3/65  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  57. String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64/2, H. 3/68  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  58. String Quartet No. 50 in B flat major, Op. 64/3, H. 3/67  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  59. String Quartet No. 51 in G major, Op. 64/4, H. 3/66  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  60. String Quartet No. 53 in D major ("Lark"), Op. 64/5, H. 3/63  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  61. String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64/6, H. 3/64  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  62. String Quartet No. 54 in B flat major, Op. 71/1, H. 3/69  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  63. String Quartet No. 55 in D major, Op. 71/2, H. 3/70  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  64. String Quartet No. 56 in E flat major, Op. 71/3, H. 3/71  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  65. String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74/1, H. 3/72  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  66. String Quartet No. 58 in F major, Op. 74/2, H. 3/73  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  67. String Quartet No. 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  68. String Quartet No. 60 in G major, Op. 76/1, H. 3/75  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  69. String Quartet No. 61 in D minor ("Fifths"/"The Bell'/"The Donkey"), Op. 76/2, H. 3/76  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  70. String Quartet No. 62 in C major ("Emperor"), Op. 76/3, H. 3/77  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  71. String Quartet No. 63 in B flat major ("Sunrise"), Op. 76/4, H. 3/78  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  72. String Quartet No. 64 in D major ("Largo"), Op. 76/5, H. 3/79  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  73. String Quartet No. 65 in E flat major, Op. 76/6, H. 3/80  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  74. String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77/1, H. 3/81  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  75. String Quartet No. 67 in F major ("Wait Till the Clouds Roll By"), Op. 77/2, H. 3/82  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  76. Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross), for string quartet, H. 3/50-56  - Franz Joseph Haydn
  77. String Quartet No. 68 in D minor, Op. 103, H. 3/83 (unfinished)  - Franz Joseph Haydn

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The Complete Haydn String Quartets [Box Set] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have listened to the entire set at this time and am perfectly satisfied. The Kodaly Quartet were on the top of their program when they recorded this set. It is amazing that they were able to stay there for that period of time. Additionally, this rounds out my collection.