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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances of Great Music, 24 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Haydn - String Quartets Op 64: 1-3 (Audio CD)
Haydn's Opus 64 quartets are extraordinary even by his exalted standards. I cannot resist quoting H C Robbins Landon at this point. Writing of the Notturni for the King of Naples, the great scholar comments, "There is also something of that special `1790' style in this music which reaches its glorious and melancholic climax in that unique set of quartets, Opus 64. In 1790 Haydn was lonely and isolated in the summery stillness of the last season (though no-one could guess that) at Eszterhaza. His mood is mirrored in his letters to Frau von Genzinger; it is also clearly reflected in the music of the last season. Perhaps the most striking example of this summery melancholy is found in the third Notturno of the second set . . . . we seem to be with Haydn in the garden of Eszterhaza on a hot summer's afternoon, watching the slow passing of huge white clouds above the yellow and green of the castle. The Prince is in Vienna, on his last journey as it turned out; the castle is half closed and the garden is empty. A profound sadness overcomes Haydn . . . . it is a magic moment which we are all privileged to share with this lonely man who filled this music of 1790 with a special mood which he never quite recaptured after his life became so different."

Each of the six quartets in Opus 64 is a bona fide masterpiece. Better still, Opus 64 / 2 is arguably the greatest adagio that the Master ever wrote with its undulating inner voices set against the first violin's endless melody - it is a Canticle of the Sun in B Major.

Lest you think me garrulous, I will be terse: these performances by the Kodaly Quartet are superlative. They are perfectly integrated as a team and flawlessly recorded. At this ridiculous price, you should not hesitate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kodaly Quartet, 25 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Haydn - String Quartets Op 64: 1-3 (Audio CD)
This recording of the Op 64 set of string quartets by Haydn is of quality. These compositions are intellectual and rigorous. And the performance is civilized and thoughtful.
If you are thinking of collecting the cycle of recording by Naxos then this recording of the Op 64 will be one of the best of the set. There is plenty to enjoy here.
The excellent Kodaly Quartet have created some fantastic recordings for Naxos records. And the cycle of Haydn`s String Quartet recordings is a major project.
These are first rate performances and recordings at a budget price. In no way are these bargain priced recordings inferior to those from the bigger record companies. These recordings offer high quality digital sound and excellent presentation.
. This recording shows how the Kodaly Quartet are enjoying the music and this comes across to the listener. The performance is lively, cultivated, polished, warm and sensitive. The Kodaly Quartet give a great deal of projection and emotional force. There is a great spontaneous feel to these recordings.
The recording is vividly real and the ambience is great. The production is well balanced.
All of the movements offer dramatic expression. And there is clear and intense control on these movements.
The recording was made in 1992 at the Unitarian Church in Budapest. And this release is wonderful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real quality for silly money, 3 May 2011
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This review is from: Haydn - String Quartets Op 64: 1-3 (Audio CD)
The complete cycle of Haydn quartets by the admirable Kodaly Quartet on Naxos has long been held in high regard.The pair of discs comprising the master's op.64 is among the most desirable.The performances are fully up to the standard of the rest of the set and the six works are all winners.Whather you are already a devotee of chamber music or still find the term a bit off-putting,give these a go.You won't regret it!
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