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Haydn – ‘Sun’ Quartets Op.20, Nos. 1-3 (Vol. 1)

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Catalogue numberBIS-2158 SACD
Release date2016-07-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time74:34

The six 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. For all their iconic status the Op. 20 quartets are not a monument of compositional rectitude or propriety, however – it is rather 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 first volume, the first three quartets of the set are performed by the Chiaroscuro Quartet, a highly 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 its unique sound – described in The Observer as ‘a shock to the ears of the best kind’ – is admired by audiences and critics all over Europe. Appearing for the first time on BIS, the Chiaroscuro Quartet has a growing and acclaimed discography and in 2015 received Germany’s most prestigious CD award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  String quartet in E flat major, Op.20 No.1 23:10
01 I. Allegro moderato 09:27 $ 2.27 USD
02 II. Menuet. Un poco allegretto 03:25 $ 0.82 USD
03 III. Affettuoso e sostenuto 06:40 $ 1.60 USD
04 IV. Finale. Presto 03:38 $ 0.87 USD
  String quartet in C major, Op.20 No.2 22:19
05 I. Moderato 09:15 $ 2.22 USD
06 II. Capriccio. Adagio 05:33 $ 1.33 USD
07 III. Menuet. Allegretto 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
08 IV. Fuga a 4tro soggetti. Allegro 04:01 $ 0.96 USD
  String quartet in G minor, Op.20 No.3 27:42
09 I. Allegro con spirito 09:47 $ 2.35 USD
10 II. Menuet. Allegretto 03:58 $ 0.95 USD
11 III. Poco adagio 08:16 $ 1.98 USD
12 IV. Finale. Allegro di molto 05:41 $ 1.36 USD
  Album total 74:34
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
OrchestraChiaroscuro Quartet
EnsembleChiaroscuro Quartet

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