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Haydn - 'Sun' Quartets, Op.20 Nos. 4-6 (Vol. 2)

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Catalogue numberBIS-2168 SACD
Release date2017-06-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:08

The 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. The six 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 second instalment, the last 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 the previous instalment was singled out as a recommended disc by The Strad, whose reviewer described its contents as ‘period-instrument performances of the utmost subtlety and refinement’.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4 29:31
01 I. Allegro di molto 11:12 $ 2.69 USD
02 II. Un poco adagio e affettuoso 08:31 $ 2.04 USD
03 III. Menuet alla Zingarese. Allegretto 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
04 IV. Presto e scherzando 07:47 $ 1.87 USD
  String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5 24:52
05 I. Moderato 11:44 $ 2.82 USD
06 II. Menuet 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
07 III. Adagio 05:01 $ 1.20 USD
08 IV. Finale. Fuga a 2 soggetti 03:43 $ 0.89 USD
  String Quartet in A major, Op. 20 No. 6 20:38
09 I. Allegro di molto e scherzando 09:31 $ 2.28 USD
10 II. Adagio 04:55 $ 1.18 USD
11 III. Menuet 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
12 IV. Fuga con 3 soggetti. Allegro 04:09 $ 1.00 USD
  Album total 75:08
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
String quartetChiaroscuro Quartet

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