- String Quartet No. 53 in D major ("Lark"), Op. 64/5, H. 3/63
- String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64/6, H. 3/64
- String Quartet No. 48 in C major, Op. 64/1, H. 3/65
- String Quartet No. 51 in G major, Op. 64/4, H. 3/66
- String Quartet No. 50 in B flat major, Op. 64/3, H. 3/67
- String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64/2, H. 3/68
In the world of period instrument string quartets, there are "dry" quartets, like England's Salomon Quartet, and "wet" quartets, like Hungary's Festetics Quatuor. In comparing the groups' very different recordings of Haydn's Opus 64 set of string quartets, the Festetics Quatuor' sound is richer, the textures warmer, the tempos more measured, and the interpretation more emotional than the Salomon's. In the opening Allegro moderato and especially in the Adagio cantabile of the "D major Quartet," the Hungarian group takes a more lyrical approach, while in the same work's Allegretto scherzando and Presto it sounds less propulsive and more playful than its English counterparts. The Festetics Quatuor is more overtly expressive in the opening Allegro spiritoso, and particularly in the Adagio ma non troppo of the "B minor Quartet," but perhaps too relaxed in contrast to the Salomon's more driven tempo in the closing Presto. On the whole, the Festetics Quatuor' performances will appeal more to those who prefer cabernet sauvignon, while the Salomon Quartet's will appeal more to those who favor martinis. Arcana's 2002 digital sound is a bit recessed, but evocative.