Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 64

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 64

by Doric String QuartetDoric String Quartet
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Overview

Haydn's six string quartets published as "Op. 64" are perhaps the thorniest ones for performers; others have aspects of profound humor and of formal intelligence and exploration, but perhaps nowhere else are the two so intricately knitted together. Good recordings go back to the 78 rpm era, and several strong ones preceded the release of this one, with superior Potton Hall sound, in 2018. Yet Britain's Doric String Quartet has achieved a real standout in its traversal of the set. Its playing is precise yet deeply expressive. The group takes some liberties with tempo (sample the first movement of the Quartet in G major, Op 64, No. 4), but these are rigorously directed toward the elucidation of contrapuntal details, a whole host of which you are guaranteed to notice for the first time as you immerse yourself in the set. The world of Haydn's slow movements and their chromatic adventures and third relationships has never seemed more alluring and mysterious than it does here, and in general there is an X factor to this recording, a sense of approaching the workings of Haydn's mind, that will keep you returning to it. A major triumph for a young string quartet that is breaking out of the pack in the competitive British scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115197127
catalogNumber: 10971
Rank: 81976

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. String Quartet No. 48 in C major, Op. 64/1, H. 3/65

    1. Allegro moderato  (10:20)
    2. Menuet. Allegretto ma non troppo - Trio - Menuet da Capo  (04:29)
    3. Allegretto scherzando  (06:13)
    4. Finale. Presto  (04:57)
  2. String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64/2, H. 3/68

    1. Allegro spiritoso  (08:16)
    2. Adagio ma non troppo  (05:39)
    3. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo  (03:00)
    4. Finale. Presto  (04:15)
  3. String Quartet No. 50 in B flat major, Op. 64/3, H. 3/67

    1. Vivace assai  (08:55)
    2. Adagio  (06:01)
    3. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo  (04:34)
    4. Finale. Allegro con spirito  (08:02)

Disc 2

  1. String Quartet No. 51 in G major, Op. 64/4, H. 3/66

    1. Allegro con brio  (08:06)
    2. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo  (03:37)
    3. Adagio. Cantabile e sostenuto  (06:13)
    4. Finale. Presto  (06:01)
  2. String Quartet No. 53 in D major ("Lark"), Op. 64/5, H. 3/63

    1. Allegro moderato  (09:16)
    2. Adagio. Cantabile  (06:32)
    3. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo  (03:20)
    4. Finale. Vivace  (02:24)
  3. String Quartet No. 52 in E flat major, Op. 64/6, H. 3/64

    1. Allegro  (08:26)
    2. Andante  (04:32)
    3. Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo - Trio, per la seconda volta, caso mai se piacesse repli  (04:48)
    4. Finale. Presto  (03:23)

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