These are some of my favourite Haydn quartets. Haydn's music is always a joy to listen to, but it is often admired for its ingenuity and its sense of fun rather than for its seriousness. Many of his late works, however, convey an emotional depth that gives Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert a run for their money. This is especially true of the quartet Op. 77, number 2.
The Mosaiques Quartet play on period instruments, eschewing vibrato and using fairly slow tempi. There is an almost otherworldly purity to their tone that brings out the often-overlooked sweetness of Haydn's scores. The Mosaiques don't play with the same masculine intensity of the all-male, and equally talented, Lindsay Quartet, but I defy anyone to claim that either set of interpretations is anything short of magnificent. If you like this music, you should do yourself a favour, and buy both!