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Haydn - String Quartets Op. 76, Nos 1-3

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Catalogue numberBIS-2348 SACD
Release date2020-05-01
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time70:54

The Chiaroscuro Quartet made their first appearance on BIS with acclaimed recordings of Joseph Haydn’s Sun Quartets, Op. 20, described in The Strad as ‘period-instrument performances of the utmost subtlety and refinement’. The Op. 20 quartets are widely regarded as a mile-stone in the history of the genre. When Chiaroscuros now return to Haydn, it is with his last complete set of quartets, begun in 1796 when he was 64 years old.

The Six String Quartets, Op. 76, form one of the most renowned of Haydn's sets of quartets, and carry the stamp of their maker: No other set of eighteenth-century string quartets is so diverse, or so unconcerned with the norms of the time. In the words of Haydn’s friend and contemporary Charles Burney ‘they are full of invention, fire, good taste and new effects’. On the present disc, the first of two, we hear the first three quartets, including the ‘Fifths’ quartet (No. 2) so named after the falling perfect fifths with which it begins. The most famous of the set – and possibly of all Haydn quartets – is No. 3, however: the ‘Emperor’ quartet with its second movement: a set of variations on the ‘Kaiserlied’ which Haydn had recently composed to the greater glory of the Austrian Emperor Franz II.

The Chiaroscuro Quartet was 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.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  String Quartet in G major, Op. 76 No.1 22:32
01 I. Allegro con spirito 08:08 $ 1.95 USD
02 II. Adagio sostenuto 06:10 $ 1.48 USD
03 III. Menuetto. Presto 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
04 IV. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo 06:13 $ 1.49 USD
  String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2, ‘Fifths’ 21:19
05 I. Allegro 09:33 $ 2.29 USD
06 II. Andante o più tosto allegretto 04:48 $ 1.15 USD
07 III. Menuetto. Allegro 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
08 IV. Finale. Vivace assai 04:05 $ 0.98 USD
  String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3, ‘Emperor’ 25:44
09 I. Allegro 10:10 $ 2.44 USD
10 II. Poco adagio. Cantabile 05:51 $ 1.40 USD
11 III. Menuetto. Allegro 04:16 $ 1.02 USD
12 IV. Finale. Presto 05:27 $ 1.31 USD
  Album total 70:54
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
String quartetChiaroscuro Quartet

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