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Haydn: The 3 String Quartets, Op.54 "Tost I"

Haydn: The 3 String Quartets, Op.54 "Tost I"

5 May 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Release Date: 5 May 2008
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 ASV Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:03:42
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  • ASIN: B001LK68MW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,494 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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While being a first amongst equals performance - there is no better - it is a record that has both advantages and drawbacks:

The sound quality is marred by a glassy, hard feel in the midrange with the occasional shrillness in fortes caused by an unfortunate combination of early digital (1987) and what should be a pleasant acoustic (you can imagine the wood panelling in Kirklees Hall) but here acts obtrusively. It is nonetheless a close up recording with great stereo separation that befits the tight musical argument and interchanges of this breakthrough quartet writing. In fact, over the course of the complete set, the three quartets thst comprise this set, it can be quite aurally bruising - like a seat in the front row at a wrestling match. For sheer clarity and excitement it can't be beaten.

The original ASV DMM LP is vivid as hell. There sometimes used to be a middle tone control on some classic audio amplifiers - Philips called it "Presence" which was exactly what it could do, which you could turn up to give a dullish record a more lifelike, real sound (Sansui had it too, so it was no mere toy) - and this recording is exactly that: pumped up with presence. The lifelike quality has been somewhat ironed out together with the worst of the hardness on this CD transfer, but enough presence remains for the playing to jump out of the speakers.

If you like big and bold chamber music, with some tender and dignified moments inbetween, in equally bold and big performances, then this disc will answer all your needs.

Forget about traversing Haydn's quartets before Op 54. Start here, with this set, where he (at last!) unbuttoned his shirt and created the highest form in classical music. These players and this disc does 100 per cent justice to that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.5 stars. sound is a bit more reverberant/spacious than usual for... 6 April 2013
By Kirk List - Published on Amazon.com
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for The Lindsays, but the performances are excellent as usual. And I admit to preferring a boxier, more claustrophobic acoustic, such as that for the Amadeus Quartet Haydn until their
opus 71, 74, 77, and 103 Quartets,in which the sound which was similar to these Lindsay Opus 54s. The outer movements of 54/1 (allegro con brio and presto) are a bit quicker than the Amadeus tempi and the Lindsays again observe more repeats. The opus 54s and 55s follow the very fine opus 50s
and precede the magnificent opus 64s, which I consider second only to the opus 76 set. The 54s
are a bit more accessible and lyrical than the opus 50s-with exceptions. All three are attractive, but my favorite is #2. The first movement vivace peaks in blazing concertoesque excitement. The second and third movements are combined (Adagio, then Menuetto/Allegretto). Then comes a sequence a bit like the slow double pre-finale of Mozart's Quintet k516, for the Minuet leads to another movement with a double tempo-Adagio/Presto. The two Adagios lend gravity and serenity to the quartet. As usual the Lindsays
capture core Haydn at least as well as any group that I have heard and sometimes moreso.
From the moment this performance starts you know you are in for a wonderful musical experience! 30 Jan 2014
By david - Published on Amazon.com
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While being a first amongst equals performance - there is no better - it is a record that has both advantages and drawbacks:

The sound quality is marred by a glassy, hard feel in the midrange with the occasional shrillness in fortes caused by an unfortunate combination of early digital (1987) and what should be a pleasant acoustic (you can imagine the wood panelling in Kirklees Hall) but here acts obtrusively. It is nonetheless a close up recording with great stereo separation that befits the tight musical argument and interchanges of this breakthrough quartet writing. In fact, over the course of the complete set, the three quartets thst comprise this set, it can be quite aurally bruising - like a seat in the front row at a wrestling match. For sheer clarity and excitement it can't be beaten.

The original ASV DMM LP is vivid as hell. There sometimes used to be a middle tone control on some classic audio amplifiers - Philips called it "Presence" which was exactly what it could do, which you could turn up to give a dullish record a more lifelike, real sound (Sansui had it too, so it was no mere toy) - and this recording is exactly that: pumped up with presence. The lifelike quality has been somewhat ironed out together with the worst of the hardness on this CD transfer, but enough presence remains for the playing to jump out of the speakers.

If you like big and bold chamber music, with some tender and dignified moments inbetween, as there is considerable emotional range in the music, in equally bold and big performances, then this disc will answer all your needs.

Forget about traversing Haydn's quartets before Op 54. Start here, with this set, where he (at last!) unbuttoned his shirt and created the highest form in classical music. These players and this disc does 100 per cent justice to that!

Though these quartets were written as a display card for Tost, Haydn's fiddler colleague, there is I think a little too much focus on the first violin of Peter Cropper who takes no prisoners in the high and exuberant passages. The instruments are all Strads and the like, tuned (thankfully) to normal concert pitch. You will not hear finer string playing in this respect.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Mixed bag 4 May 2007
By half - Published on Amazon.com
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The performance is highly enthusiastic, and there are many fine expressions of musical ideas which nicely complement Mr Haydn's music. However, the 1st violin struggles with intonation thoughout, which is very distracting. He also frequently muddles through some of the trickier passages. (I never thought I would say "trickier passages" when referring to Haydn). I feel as if I am attending a recital by a student quartet.

Overall, nice ideas but very poorly executed.
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