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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 22
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000042GO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 0: I. Presto
  2. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 0: II. Menuetto
  3. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 0: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 0: IV. Menuetto
  5. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 0: V. Finale: Presto
  6. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: I. Presto
  7. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: II. Menuetto
  8. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: III. Adagio
  9. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: IV. Menuetto
  10. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: V. Presto
  11. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: I. Allegro
  12. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: II. Menuetto
  13. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: III. Adagio
  14. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: IV. Menuetto
  15. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: V. Presto
  16. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: I. Adagio
  17. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: II. Menuetto
  18. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: III. Presto
  19. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: IV. Menuetto
  20. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: V. Presto

Disc: 2

  1. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: I. Presto
  2. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: II. Menuetto
  3. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: III. Adagio Ma Non Tanto
  4. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: IV. Menuetto
  5. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: V. Presto
  6. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: I. Presto Assai
  7. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: II. Menuetto
  8. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: III. Adagio
  9. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: IV. Menuetto
  10. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: V. Finale: Presto
  11. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 2 No. 1: I. Allegro
  12. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 2 No. 1: II. Menuetto
  13. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 2 No. 1: III. Adagio
  14. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 2 No. 1: IV. Menuetto
  15. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 2 No. 1: V. Allegro Molto

Disc: 3

  1. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 2 No. 2: I. Allegro Molto
  2. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 2 No. 2: II. Menuetto
  3. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 2 No. 2: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 2 No. 2: IV. Menuetto
  5. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 2 No. 2: V. Finale: Presto
  6. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 2 No. 4: I. Presto
  7. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 2 No. 4: II. Menuetto
  8. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 2 No. 4: III. Adagio
  9. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 2 No. 4: IV. Menuetto: Allegretto
  10. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 2 No. 4: V. Allegro
  11. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6: I. Adagio
  12. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6: II. Menuetto
  13. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6: III. Presto: Scherzo
  14. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6: IV. Menuetto
  15. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6: V. Presto

Disc: 4

  1. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 9 No. 1: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 9 No. 1: II. Menuetto: Un Poco Allegretto
  3. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 9 No. 1: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 9 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: I. Moderato
  6. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: II. Menuetto
  7. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2: IV. Finale: Allegro Molto
  9. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 9 No. 3: I. Allegro Moderato
  10. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 9 No. 3: II. Menuetto
  11. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 9 No. 3: III. Largo
  12. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 9 No. 3: IV. Finale: Presto

Disc: 5

  1. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: II. Menuetto
  3. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: III. Adagio Cantabile
  4. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 9 No. 4: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: String Quarter In B Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: I. Poco Adagio
  6. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: String Quarter In B Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: II. Menuetto: Allegretto
  7. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: String Quarter In B Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: III. Largo Cantabile
  8. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: String Quarter In B Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 5: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: I. Presto
  10. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: II. Menuetto
  11. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: III. Adagio
  12. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: String Quartet In A Major, Op. 9 No. 6: IV. Finale: Presto

Disc: 6

  1. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 17 No. 1: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 17 No. 1: II. Menuet
  3. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 17 No. 1: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 17 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 17 No. 2: I. Moderato
  6. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 17 No. 2: II. Menuet: Poco Allegretto
  7. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 17 No. 2: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 17 No. 2: IV. Finale: Allegro Di Molto
  9. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3: I. Andante Grazioso
  10. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3: II. Menuet: Allegretto
  11. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3: III. Adagio
  12. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 17 No. 3: IV. Allegro Di Molto

Disc: 7

  1. String Quartet In C Minor, Op. 17 No. 4: I. Moderato
  2. String Quartet In C Minor, Op. 17 No. 4: II. Minuet: Allegretto
  3. String Quartet In C Minor, Op. 17 No. 4: III. Adagio Cantabile
  4. String Quartet In C Minor, Op. 17 No. 4: IV. Finale: Allegro
  5. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 17 No. 5: I. Moderato
  6. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 17 No. 5: II. Menuet: Allegretto
  7. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 17 No. 5: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 17 No. 5: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 17 No. 6: I. Presto
  10. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 17 No. 6: II. Menuet
  11. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 17 No. 6: III. Largo
  12. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 17 No. 6: IV. Finale: Allegro

Disc: 8

  1. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 20 No. 1: I. Allegro Moderato
  2. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 20 No. 1: II. Menuet: Un Poco Allegretto
  3. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 20 No. 1: III. Affettuoso E Sostenuto
  4. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 20 No. 1: IV. Presto
  5. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 20 No. 2: I. Moderato
  6. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 20 No. 2: II. Capriccio: Adagio
  7. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 20 No. 2: III. Menuet: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 20 No. 2: IV. Fuga A 4 Soggetti: Allegro
  9. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 20 No. 3: I. Allegro Con Spirito
  10. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 20 No. 3: II. Menuet: Allegretto
  11. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 20 No. 3: III. Poco Adagio
  12. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 20 No. 3: IV. Allegro Di Molto

Disc: 9

  1. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 20 No. 4: I. Allegro Di Molto
  2. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 20 No. 4: II. Un Poco Adagio E Affettuoso
  3. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 20 No. 4: III. Menuet Alla Zingarese
  4. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 20 No. 4: IV. Presto E Scherzando
  5. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5: I. Moderato
  6. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5: II. Menuet
  7. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5: IV. Fuga A 2 Soggetti
  9. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 20 No. 6: I. Allegro Di Molto E Scherzando
  10. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 20 No. 6: II. Adagio
  11. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 20 No. 6: III. Menuet
  12. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 20 No. 6: IV. Fuga A 3 Soggetti: Allegro

Disc: 10

  1. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 33 No. 1: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 33 No. 1: II. Scherzo: Allegro
  3. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 33 No. 1: III. Andante
  4. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 33 No. 1: IV. Presto
  5. String Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2: I. Allegro moderato, cantabile
  6. String Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2: II. Scherzo: Allegro
  7. String Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2: III. Largo sostenuto
  8. String Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 2: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In C Major, op. 33 No. 3: I. Allegro moderato
  10. String Quartet In C Major, op. 33 No. 3: II. Scherzo: Allegretto
  11. String Quartet In C Major, op. 33 No. 3: III. Adagio
  12. String Quartet In C Major, op. 33 No. 3: IV. Rondo: Presto
  13. String Quartet In B-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 4: I. Allegro moderato
  14. String Quartet In B-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 4: II. Scherzo: Allegretto
  15. String Quartet In B-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 4: III. Largo
  16. String Quartet In B-flat Major, Op. 33 No. 4: IV. Presto

Disc: 11

  1. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 33 No. 5: I. Vivace Assai
  2. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 33 No. 5: II. Largo E Cantabile
  3. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 33 No. 5: III. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 33 No. 5: IV. Finale: Allegretto
  5. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 33 No. 6: I. Vivace Assai
  6. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 33 No. 6: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 33 No. 6: III. Scherzo: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 33 No. 6: IV. Finale: Allegretto
  9. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 42: I. Andante Ed Innocentemente
  10. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 42: II. Menuet
  11. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 42: III. Adagio E Cantabile
  12. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 42: IV. Finale: Presto
  13. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 1: I. Allegro
  14. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 1: II. Adagio Non Lento
  15. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 1: III. Poco Allegretto
  16. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 1: IV. Finale: Vivace

Disc: 12

  1. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 50 No. 2: I. Vivace
  2. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 50 No. 2: II. Adagio Cantabile
  3. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 50 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 50 No. 2: IV. Finale: Vivace Assai
  5. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 3: I. Allegro Con Brio
  6. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 3: II. Andante Piu Tosto Allegretto
  7. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 50 No. 3: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 No. 4: I. Allegro Spirituoso
  10. String Quartet In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 No. 4: II. Andante
  11. String Quartet In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 No. 4: III. Menuetto
  12. String Quartet In F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 No. 4: IV. Fuga: Allegro Moderato

Disc: 13

  1. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 50 No. 5: I. Allegro Moderato
  2. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 50 No. 5: II. Poco Adagio
  3. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 50 No. 5: III. Menuetto
  4. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 50 No. 5: IV. Finale: Vivace
  5. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 50 No. 6: I. Allegro
  6. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 50 No. 6: II. Poco Adagio
  7. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 50 No. 6: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 50 No. 6: IV. Finale: Allegro Con Spirito
  9. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 54 No. 1: I. Vivace Assai
  10. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 54 No. 1: II. Allegretto
  11. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 54 No. 1: III. Menuet
  12. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 54 No. 1: IV. Vivace

Disc: 14

  1. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 54 No. 2: I. Vivace
  2. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 54 No. 2: II. Adagio
  3. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 54 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 54 No. 2: IV. Adagio
  5. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 54 No. 3: I. Allegretto
  6. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 54 No. 3: II. Largo
  7. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 54 No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In E Major, Op. 54 No. 3: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 55 No. 1: I. Allegro
  10. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 55 No. 1: II. Adagio cantabile
  11. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 55 No. 1: III. Menuet
  12. String Quartet In A Major, Op. 55 No. 1: IV. Finale: Vivace

Disc: 15

  1. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 2: I. Andante
  2. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 2: II. Allegro
  3. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet In F Minor, Op. 55 No. 2: IV. Presto
  5. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 3: I. Vivace Assai
  6. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 3: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  7. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 3: III. Menuetto
  8. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 55 No. 3: IV. Presto
  9. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 64 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
  10. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 64 No. 1: II. Menuet: Allegro ma non troppo
  11. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 64 No. 1: III. Allegretto scherzando
  12. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 64 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto

Disc: 16

  1. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 64 No. 2: I. Allegro spiritoso
  2. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 64 No. 2: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 64 No. 2: III. Menuetto
  4. String Quartet In B Minor, Op. 64 No. 2: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In B Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3: I. Vivace assai
  6. String Quartet In B Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3: II. Adagio
  7. String Quartet In B Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3: III. Menuet: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In B Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 3: IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
  9. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 64 No. 4: I. Allegro con brio
  10. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 64 No. 4: II. Menuetto and Trio
  11. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 64 No. 4: III. Adagio cantabile sostenuto
  12. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 64 No. 4: IV. Finale: Presto
  13. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 64 No. 5: I. Allegro moderato
  14. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 64 No. 5: II. Adagio
  15. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 64 No. 5: III. Menuet: Allegretto
  16. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 64 No. 5: IV. Finale: Vivace

Disc: 17

  1. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 6: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 6: II. Andante
  3. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 6: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 64 No. 6: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 1: I. Allegro
  6. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 1: II. Adagio
  7. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 1: IV. Vivace
  9. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 71 No. 2: I. Adagio; Allegro
  10. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 71 No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile
  11. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 71 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegro
  12. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 71 No. 2: IV. Finale: Allegretto - Vivace

Disc: 18

  1. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 3: I. Vivace
  2. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 3: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 3: III. Menuetto
  4. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 71 No. 3: IV. Finale: Vivace
  5. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 74 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 74 No. 1: II. Andantino grazioso
  7. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 74 No. 1: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 74 No. 1: IV. Finale: Vivace
  9. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 74 No. 2: I. Allegro spiritoso
  10. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 74 No. 2: II. Andante grazioso
  11. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 74 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegro
  12. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 74 No. 2: IV. Finale: Presto

Disc: 19

  1. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3: II. Largo assai
  3. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3: III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 74 No. 3: IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
  5. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: I. Allegro con spirito
  6. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: II. Adagio sostenuto
  7. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: III. Menuetto: Presto
  8. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
  9. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2: I. Allegro
  10. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2: II. Andante o piu tosto allegretto
  11. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2: III. Menuetto: Allegro ma non troppo
  12. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2: IV. Vivace assai
  13. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 103 (Unfinished): II. Andante grazioso
  14. String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 103 (Unfinished): III. Menuetto ma non troppo presto

Disc: 20

  1. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3: II. Poco adagio, cantabile
  3. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3: III. Menuetto: Allegro
  4. String Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4: I. Allegro con spirito
  6. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4: II. Adagio
  7. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4: III. Menuetto: Allegro
  8. String Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4: IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo
  9. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: I. Allegretto
  10. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: II. Largo ma non troppo: Cantabile e mesto
  11. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: III. Menuetto: Allegro
  12. String Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: IV. Finale: Presto

Disc: 21

  1. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: I. Allegretto; Allegro
  2. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: II. Fantasia: Adagio
  3. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: III. Menuetto: Presto
  4. String Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: IV. Finale: Allegro spirituoso
  5. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 77 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 77 No. 1: II. Adagio
  7. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 77 No. 1: III. Menuetto: Presto
  8. String Quartet In G Major, Op. 77 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
  9. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 77 No. 2: I. Allegro moderato
  10. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 77 No. 2: II. Menuetto: Presto ma non troppo
  11. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 77 No. 2: III. Andante
  12. String Quartet In F Major, Op. 77 No. 2: IV. Finale: Vivace assai

Disc: 22

  1. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Introduzione: Maestoso ed adagio
  2. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: A Hymne To Christ
  3. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata I: Adagio
  4. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Prayer - A Dialogue Between Christian And Death
  5. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata II: Grave e cantabile
  6. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Good Friday: Rex tragicus
  7. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata III: Grave
  8. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Who Cannot Weep, Come Learn At Me
  9. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata IV: Largo
  10. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Still Falls The Rain (The Raids, 1940. Night And Dawn)
  11. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata V: Adagio
  12. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: The Killing
  13. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata VI: Lento
  14. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Tenebrae - Kyrie
  15. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Sonata VII: Largo
  16. The Seven Last Words Of Our Saviour On The Cross, Op. 51: Il Terremoto: Presto e con tutta la forza

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Joseph Haydn had so much to say. I remember digging out the classic work on the string quartets by Reginald Barrett- Ayres, and writing an essay on the use of Sonata form in one of the middle quartets. Only to have it returned with terribly disparaging comments. "Idiot! Haydn took sonata form and completely transformed it - you can't use ANY of these for goodness sake!"
Well, I don't know, that was 1st year at Uni, and a VERY long time ago. But that dear music teacher was quite right!
So far - I've only scratched the surface - this is a garden of delight. These pieces are sweetness and light itself, hardly a fragment of darkness at all. What is surprising is the constant surprise and sophistication of them all. Within the fairly new medium Haydn excels and seems to land in the middle of the beautiful writing style without rehearsal or defect. I have yet to hear such clarity and simplicity in the 20th century, and yet these pieces are engaging, not an idle moment anywhere.
I wonder if this is what Lewis was hinting at about when he was commenting on our poor imaginations regarding heaven, and our inability to visualise goodness and charity beyond a certain degree. I believe that Haydn was an exceptionaly convinced man of the reality of heaven, (witness "the creation") and doubtlessly is witnessing to that reality here - it's really marvellous if you can receive it through this music!
The seven last words of Christ is a very moving piece - and is the best single example I know of music which embodies a kind of gentle, sad gravity, without a hint of despair or horror. To achieve that is a truly rare thing. The readings chosen to intervene between the string quartet pieces are very good and very uplifting.
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I can only hope they are re-released for others to enjoy.

It seems there are quite a few Haydn Complete Quatets out there in the market at the moment. I wonder how they would fare next to these? It was a recording by the Takacs of a handful of the late quartets that made me lash out on these, so if I had to go for any of the current crop I might go for the Takacs. But really, these are flawless, beautifully played, beautifully recorded. I can't imagine what anyone might do to improve on these.

I got mine some years ago at a knock down price of 40 quid or thereabouts. When they arrived I didn't really know if I would ever play them. I take listening to music very seriously and approach discs with the intent of getting to know their content, and at 22 discs the prospect of that happening seemed rather remote. So eventually I decided that I would allow myself the luxury of using these as muzak. Gentle, pleasant stuff to play while my mind was focussed on other things.

However, a long illness has given me a long while at home, for the most part not even well enough to read, bored and frustrated with a lot of time to kill, and I have made it my project to give these a serious listen. The result is that a period of my life filled with tedium and unhappiness has been redeemed somewhat by a memorable experience of great pleasure and depth. Hence my review title.

In many things I rate Haydn ahead of Mozart. For instance, the man is a veritable endless fountain of beautiful melodies, as natural as birdsong, whereas I find Mozart's melodic scope very restricted.

To structure my listening, to give me some sense of development and comparative context, I listedned to them opus by opus, latest first.
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Haydn's string quartets represent one of the major cornerstones of the chamber repetoire. The complete set is one of the greatests acheivements in music. Of the four Haydn 'big sets' (the others being the symphonies, the piano trios and the keyboard sonatas) this is the one that I find the most rewarding.

And this massive set really brings out the qualities of the works. By turns dignified, fiery, conversational and intimate, they never sink into bland politeness.

The recording quality is excellent throughout.

The notes are briefer than I would like, but are well written and informative all the same.

If you're serious about chamber music, you need these works.

It might seem like a lot of money, but for this amount of heavenly music, it's a bargain.
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Item arrived in excellent condition and in good time. Although used, the boxed set was in very good condition and the music of course is great. I'm not a music buff but the playing always feels engaged and lively - I am enjoying exploring the beginnings of the string quartet and then hearing the fully developed form mature further in Haydn's continually fresh and inventive style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, colourful 2 Jun. 2005
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If you are going to have only one set of Haydn's collected string quartets, this is a strong candidate. These are lively, colourful performances, not always as balanced and classical as the Tatrai set, but with much, much better sound quality. If you don't care for production values, you could of course go for Tatrai; if you need a reasonably good sound, I guess Aeolian is the best of the spirited performances. Even if I have the Tatrai set, I find that the Aeolian set conveys additional qualities of the music. (Both the Angeles set and the Kodaly set leave me indifferent. )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted 31 May 2000
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I asked for and received (in fact procured) Haydn's quartets for my 65th birthday. It was really inconvenient to buy the quartets one by one, so I went for this collection, even though I have never heard (before or since) of the Aeolian quartet. In fact I am delighted; The playing is superb: careful, discreet, with nuances and feeling. and it is wonderful to progress with the composer: I listen to one CD at a time, about once a week, I am up to the 6th CD. I make wonderful discoveries, helped by the good but basic documentation. The change from 5 to 4 movements, the very slow evolution towards placing the slow movement in second position. And there are movements with variations, there are cadenzas for the first violin (never heard that in a quartet before). There are themes quoted by later composers: in the wonderful adagio of opus 9 no.6,an up and down scale seems to be the source of the repeated scales in the slow movement of Beethoven's 8th (Rasoumovsky).
A minor problem: I wish that the documentation would tell us how this fraction of the quartets was selected, among the Haydn integral (the editorial review says the number more than 600?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Op. 3's & 681 quartets? 22 Nov. 2000
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The likely reason the Op. 3's are not included in this package is due to the fact that they are often attributed to R. Hofstetter instead of Papa Haydn himself. Also the typo in the staff review was probably meant to read 68 or 68 1/2 (the 1/2 referring to the final unfinished quartet Op. 103). Whether you attribute the Op. 3's to Haydn or not, the actual count is around 70, making this a very substantial, if not complete, set of Haydn quartets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aeolian Haydn rocks! 11 April 2000
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I am so glad to have such a wonderful collection of this composer's works. They span his whole career, it seems. I feel that the quartet is sensitive, beautifully balanced, and do credit to Haydn's intent. I am sad that they don't include Op. 3 in this collection, however. I wonder why? Anyway, I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ask me in twenty years 7 Jun. 2003
By Mark Grindell - Published on Amazon.com
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...because in all probability, it will take that long for this music to soak into my tired old frame; but I can tell you about a much younger spirit, our tiny son, who loves this music. He was premature, but very brave, listens to everything, and knows the first disc - the one with Opus 0 - off by heart. He sings along, dances a little bit, and usually goes to sleep somewhere around the end of the last quartet.

And I swear just once I spied a reflection of old man Haydn just out of the corner of my eye, smiling; and as solemn and joyful as he always was. The Lord lets him see us just once a while, us down here; Here to tarry for a while. Haydn is probably very busy at the moment, and beyond doubt does have a lot of serious work to do with the angel choirs, but we were very lucky to have him for the time that we did; he's been a father to so many excellent spirits, composers owe so much to him and always will.

The quartets span a considerable time, from when he invented the medium almost as such, to those simple, yet entrancing little essays in Opus 0, 1, 2, and the rest, through to more complex forms to eventually the very complex op33 and op78, which are still very listenable.

But I wonder what this business is all about. I heard the seven last words of Christ (which is on the last disc) on the way to work and had to stop the car; it was extraordinary; and now I do not quite trust my own perceptions; as though being alive on the earth is a transitory thing that I've only just become aware of; and which will pass; and change to something into the shape of Someone Else's far greater glory.
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