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Haydn - String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3

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Catalogue numberBIS-2588 SACD
Release date2023-05-05
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time60:44

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“Gut strings and classical bows are also the tools of a captivating quest for sonority”, French magazine Diapason recently wrote to describe the Chiaroscuro Quartet. After Op. 20, Joseph Haydn’s first major string quartet cycle, and Op. 76, his last, the internationally renowned ensemble is now embarking on the Quartets Op. 33, dubbed the “Russian Quartets” and dedicated to the Russian Grand Duke Paul, the future Tsar Paul I.
Having earned a reputation as eccentric and non-conformist, sometimes downright offensive, Haydn felt the need to write music more in keeping with the public’s lighter, more ‘popular’, less ‘scholarly’ tone, with a livelier sense of rhythm. And while there is comedy in some of the scherzos, it would be wrong to reduce these works to what some dour critics have called ‘comic fooling’. In Quartet No 1 in B minor, the comedy is cerebral, often disturbing. This is certainly not the case in Quartet No 2 in E flat major, nicknamed “The Joke” because of the sparkling tarantella that concludes it. In Quartet No 3 in C major, “The Bird”, Haydn invites us to a veritable bird concert before concluding brilliantly with its persistent refrain inspired by a wild Slavic folk dance.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  String Quartet in B minor, Hob. III:37, Op.33 No. 1 22:36
01 I. Allegro moderato 07:23 $ 0.89 USD
02 II. Scherzo 02:12 $ 0.26 USD
03 III. Andante 07:51 $ 0.94 USD
04 IV. Finale 05:10 $ 0.62 USD
  String Quartet in E flat major (The Joke), Hob. III:38, Op.33 No. 2 18:06
05 I. Allegro moderato 07:02 $ 0.84 USD
06 II. Scherzo 03:04 $ 0.37 USD
07 III. Largo e sostenuto 04:24 $ 0.53 USD
08 IV. Finale 03:36 $ 0.43 USD
  String Quartet in C major (The Bird), Hob. III:39, Op.33 No. 3 19:58
09 I. Allegro moderato 08:53 $ 1.07 USD
10 II. Scherzo 02:50 $ 0.34 USD
11 III. Adagio ma non troppo 05:06 $ 0.61 USD
12 IV. Finale 03:09 $ 0.38 USD
  Album total 60:44
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
String quartetChiaroscuro Quartet

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