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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005OVYS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  1. String quartet in C, Op. 64 No. 1
  2. String quartet in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2
  3. String quartet in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3

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The Lindsays are unstoppable, combining busy concert schedules with a ceaseless stream of recordings: Haydn: String Quartets Op.64 Nos 1, 2 and 3 brings them one step closer to a complete collection by this master. If you like your Haydn immaculately polished, the Emerson Quartet will fit your bill better. But if you prefer your Haydn chamber music to be redolent of the country where it was first conceived and performed, the Lindsays are your bag. There are moments in these new recordings where you can almost imagine the mud on the players' boots, so strongly rooted is their timbre. Their minuets have gusto, their prestos hurtle and when Haydn demands high seriousness they deliver that in spades. Moreover, when the score calls for breath to be held, and for long lines of slow melody to sound, the Lindsays obey with delicate plangency. There are many moments to savour here, from the surprises in the minuet of the third quartet, to the way the colour changes form from bar to bar--like clouds chasing each other across the sky--in the opening movement of the second. --Michael Church

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Gilgamesh, King of Ur, failed in his quest for life everlasting. The worms await us too. Die we will and die alone. Could one suggest that the closest anyone has ever come to this beatific state is Haydn in his Canticle of the Sun – the great Adagio ma non troppo from the B Minor String Quartet of Opus 64? How did anyone ever receive – not compose - this revelation and avoid immolation? It’s a terminus with nothing beyond it. All things converge where the sum is greater than the parts. Caustic and unmerited, yet it comes for us. As listeners, we partake of deep magic for its duration.

I’m a qualified fan of the Amadeus Quartet. When Norbert Brainin, Lord of Wobble, is having a bad day – say, the Seven Last Words of Christ – it's unlistenable. I’ve revised my opinion of it in Opus 64: now, it's my favourite ahead of the Mosaiques, Tatrai and Kodaly Quartets. Why so? Their ecstasy is sui generis. One stands with Haydn on the terraces of the fairy-tale castle, warmed by a vernal breeze from the south, as the Real is glimpsed and makes all things new.

The Lindsay Quartet is superb in the opening three masterpieces of Opus 64 – I cannot fault it. All the attributes of great string quartet playing, backed by a fine recording, are present. Nevertheless it doesn’t match the visionary fervour of the Amadeus Quartet. It’s wrong to say that this is a glorified supplement: it’s better than that. But why settle for a lesser state of being?
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2009
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The two volumes of Haydn's Op. 64 Quartets (the other is Haydn-String Quartets, Op 64 Nos 4-6 ) by the Lindsays are excellent, and now a major bargain, too. The music itself is an absolute delight, with Haydn showing the full range of his amazing creative ability. There are movements which are tuneful and delightful like the opening Allegro moderato of Quartet No. 5 in D ("The Lark"), truly beautiful and sometimes intense like the slow movement of Quartet No.2 in B minor, and blood-stirringly exciting (the finale of The Lark, for example). Haydn was an absolute master of the string quartet form and the whole Op.64 set is an unmitigated pleasure from start to finish.

The Lindsays do it proud. They bring their customary verve and obvious love of the music to every single movement, and their technique doesn't let them down once, with fine ensemble playing and precise intonation - which, I am sorry to say, cannot be said of all their recordings. Here, though, Haydn's wonderful music blossoms in their hands and although there are several other very fine recordings of these quartets available, this stands with the very best of them. It's a set to give immense, varied and repeated enjoyment and I recommend both this and its companion volume very highly indeed.
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The Lindsays always give their all, either live or in a recording, and their understanding of Haydn is surely unequalled. These are superb performances at an unbelievable price. I paid full price for many Lindsay discs over the years and have never regretted their purchase, but at this price I am quickly filling all the gaps in my collection. Thoroughly recommended.
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The Lindsay String Quartet group (better known as the "Lindsays" and named after Lord Lindsay, the founder of Keele University) functioned internationally from 1965 to 2005. During that period they developed into one of the finest ensembles in the post Second World War era. They recorded all the mature Haydn Quartets from Opus 20 to the incomplete Opus 103, 46 works in all. I am currently in the process of reviewing all of these performances for the Haydn Society of Great Britain.

It is a somewhat invidious process attempting to compare these quartets in terms of their quality. The fastidious Hans Keller* went so far as define all as masterpieces with the exception of Opus 33/5 and excluding Opus 103 (as an incomplete work).

Opus 64, composed in 1790, is possibly the most diverse grouping of six quartets from the Haydn oeuvre and includes the terse B minor (no.2) followed by the large-scale B flat (no.3), a work, that in its first movement development section, anticipates Dvorak. Moreover, the cello's extraordinary accompanying figure gives way to the second subject in the first movement that Haydn was to use four years latter as the second subject (first movement) in Symphony No. 100 in G, popularly known as the "Military". This idea proved much later the genesis for the now famous Johann Stauss's Radetzky March.

I am sometimes asked to suggest a string quartet that might serve to introduce people to the Haydn of the quartets. This is the one (of many!) to go for.

With the E flat Quartet (possibly No. 5 chronologically but frequently called No. 6) we have a finale that so impressed Mozart for him to use the idea in the finale of his last String Quintet in E flat K. 614 (1791).
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By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
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Gilgamesh, King of Ur, failed in his quest for life everlasting. The worms await us too. Die we will and die alone. Could one suggest that the closest anyone has ever come to this beatific state is Haydn in his Canticle of the Sun – the great Adagio ma non troppo from the B Minor String Quartet of Opus 64? How did anyone ever receive – not compose - this revelation and avoid immolation? It’s a terminus with nothing beyond it. All things converge where the sum is greater than the parts. Caustic and unmerited, yet it comes for us. As listeners, we partake of deep magic for its duration.

I’m a qualified fan of the Amadeus Quartet. When Norbert Brainin, Lord of Wobble, is having a bad day – say, the Seven Last Words of Christ – it's unlistenable. I’ve revised my opinion of it in Opus 64: now, it's my favourite ahead of the Mosaiques, Tatrai and Kodaly Quartets. Why so? Their ecstasy is sui generis. One stands with Haydn on the terraces of the fairy-tale castle, warmed by a vernal breeze from the south, as the Real is glimpsed and makes all things new.

The Lindsay Quartet is superb in the opening three masterpieces of Opus 64 – I cannot fault it. All the attributes of great string quartet playing, backed by a fine recording, are present. Nevertheless it doesn’t match the visionary fervour of the Amadeus Quartet. It’s wrong to say that this is a glorified supplement: it’s better than that. But why settle for a lesser state of being?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a69eeac) out of 5 stars Lindsays at their peak.. 3 Dec. 2012
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on Amazon.com
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and Haydn was nearly at his in the opus 64 Quartets. His last 2.5 quartets-opus 77/1 and 2 and the unfinished opus 103 are late and wonderful works, but the six opus 64 are truly glorious-inventive, extremely lyrical and quite uplifting in their happiness. They remind me most of Haydn's opus 33 Quartets, only more complex and inventive . Compare the opus
33 "Bird Quartet" with opus 64/5 "The Lark'. "Bird" may be Haydn's happiest quartet, but it is not quite as accomplished as " the Lark" (and opus 76/4 "The Sunrise," another quartet
depicting triumphant ascent. This sextet is characterized by consistent inspiratiom and sunniness, though 64/2 is in B Minor and adumbrates the D Minor Quinten quartet opus 76/2. The opus 76 set is Haydn's greatest, with two sets of three quartets each followig the opus 64s: opus 71 and opus 74. As usual the Lindasys' Haydn is beyond excellences. They observe
more repeats than the Amadeus Quartet in their very fine readings, a practice which I consider an asset because one can savor the music a little longer.
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HASH(0x92671600) out of 5 stars Well, friends, the supply has dried up... 4 Mar. 2011
By Thomas More - Published on Amazon.com
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There is currently only one place to download this fine album that I know of, and that is on the HDtracks website. ASV has apparently worked out a deal with this site, and as a result, they have a great deal of Lindsay releases.
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HASH(0x8a69ecd8) out of 5 stars MORE EXCELLENT HAYDN, EXCELLENTLY RECORDED 12 May 2010
By Imlac - Published on Amazon.com
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These are the first three quartets of Haydn's delightful Op. 64. The Lindsays provides energetic interpretation in a recording with excellent sound.
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