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Haydn: Popular String Quartets - Live At The Genius Of Haydn Festival Box set


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  • Audio CD (22 July 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000M2E87W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1. Allegro
2. 2. Andante o più tosto allegretto
3. 3. Menuetto (Allegro ma non troppo)
4. 4. Vivace assai
5. 1. Allegro
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Disc: 2
1. 1. Allegro moderato
2. 2. Adagio cantabile
3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. 4. Finale (Vivace)
5. 1. Andante ed innocentamente
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Disc: 3
1. 1. Allegro moderato
2. 2. Menuetto
3. 3. Adagio
4. 4. Fuga a 2 soggetti
5. 1. Allegro moderato
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Disc: 4
1. 1. Allegro di molto
2. 2. Un poco adagio e affettuoso
3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto alla zingarese)
4. 4. Presto e scherzando
5. 1. Allegro spirituoso
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Product Description

ASV 407; ASV - Inghilterra; Classica da camera Quartetto archi

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - creative on 19 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
this is a 4 cd budget price reissue on sanctuary classics of the world renowned Lindsay String Quartet recorded live at London's Wigmore Hall during the Genius of Haydn in 1987 + as proud owner of the original cds issues on ASV of this set - the peformances reissued here from that festival are an asbsolutely essential record of what made both Haydn such an endlessly inventive composer for the Quartet medium + what made the Lindsays a re world class ensemble for thirty years.

the recordings are excellent : natural, clear + full, if a touch too closely recorded with some slight over projection to the listener. the music + performances though are completely self recommending as witty, full of warmth + wisdom for this marvellous music. passionate playing, humour and insight abound from a quartet who knew + obviously loved this music so well. no dry academic over cautious playing here - these Lindsays live recordings were actually the first to convince me of Haydn's merit (!). the Kodaly Quartet on naxos was being highly reviewed at the time (mid-nineties) but left me a little cold as far too genteel + over polite. no fear of that from the Lindsays in these endlessly enjoyable recordings. personal favourites from this set are actually the less familiar works: namely the op.50/1 for its glorious intro cello drone theme, the op.20 set for their clarity + directness and the exuberance of the op.75/2 "fifths" . life affirming music one and all. some of the playing has its less than immaculate moments with some loss of polish from first violin Peter Cropper but the sheer verve + spirit of the playing quickly makes up this.

as i say - indispensable Haydn from one of the finest Quartets of the last twenty years. and yes i had the great fortune of seeing them live with a good friend - three times and they always let the music speak to the listener, not of their technique. buy this set without hesitation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pearson on 4 Mar 2013
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I saw the Lindsay Quartet on the TV and was entranced so I looked on Amazon and found this disc which I believe is a recording of the material on the Telly. I'm not a musician but the music is brilliantly played as one would expect and to sit in a quiet room and listen to this music is most relaxing. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a string quartet
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mudgekeewis on 3 Oct 2013
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Lovely video performance - but I returned it because it has very few quartets on it and it is currently being played frequently on Sky Arts-2 !!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. W. Antill on 13 July 2013
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Having seen the Lindsays on the television I wanted a disc that I could play from time to time. String Quartets are somewhat new to me but they will probably grow on me. My wife also liked the disc and her appreciation is better than mine.
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As Well Be Hanged for a Horse as for a Hen 22 Aug 2008
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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Have I translated that proverb correctly? What it means in terms of the 12 string quartets by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) recorded in this 4-CD set is that if you choose to disregard "historical performance practices" and to play the things any which way you hear them, then you'd better produce powerfully convincing music on its own terms. That's what the Lindsays did again and again in their iconoclastic career, playing Schubert with bravado and Haydn with introspection. Don't expect me to be consistent and to criticize them for lack of authenticity. Ideology is the servant of aesthetics, not the master. The fact is that I love the sound the Lindsays achieve, especially in the slow second and third movements of these very diverse compositions from long-separated decades of Haydn's career. That their Haydn sounds at times like the best Brahms you've ever heard means less to me than that it sounds Musical.

One of the secrets of the Lindsay's thrilling tone color is their set of authentic early instruments of the highest quality: two Stradivarius violins, an Amati viola c. 1630, and a Ruggieri cello of 1694. Of course they use modern strings and bows.

Now that the Lindsays are no longer playing together, music lovers would be wise to snap up their recordings while they are still marketed. This box set is a special opportunity; the twelve quartets were recorded live at the Genius of Haydn Festival in 1990. There are so many great modern string quartet ensembles, praise be to the Indifferent Improvisor, but The Lindsays are one of my three super favorites; a crown of flowers for anyone who can guess the other two!
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The Lindsays Rule! 19 Mar 2010
By Ralph J. Steinberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I am of the opinion that Haydn's String Quartets are in general far more interesting and inventive than many of his symphonies, the "Sturm und Drang" Symphonies of course excepted. I have listened to half the works in this set and I can safely say that the Lindsay String Quartet makes the strongest case for these works. There is no precious, petite, overly refined music making here: All is drive, eloquence, passion. As in their Beethoven (I am gradually aquiring the entire new cycle), they sound more like a string orchestra than a collection of five individuals, so perfectly matched is their ensemble work (here, they resemble the hallowed Flonzaley Quartet of nearly a century ago). From this set, one can hear how much of Haydn Beethoven had absorbed, so stong and passionate does this music sound under the Lindsays. The fact that these are live performances simply adds to the enjoyment. The recorded sound is more distant than in the most recent Lindsay studio recordings, but it is satisfying in every way. It is really sad that the Lindsays have decided to disband and go their separate ways, as they sound like the most thrilling quartet since the Flonzaleys and old Budapests (I must say that interpretively, they are light years ahead of the admittedly more polished but rather matter-of-fact Budapests). If you want great chamber music played with depth and are not hung up about polish, no one will satisfy as much as the Lindsays. THE LINDSAYS RULE!
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