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A wonderful re-release,
This review is from: Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 1 - 6 Quartets Op. 20 / 6 Quartets Op. 33 / Seven Last Words (Audio CD)
This is the first of two volumes which between them contain all ten discs of Haydn quartets so far recorded by Quatuor Mosaiques. This set contains the Op.20 and Op.33 sets, plus the Seven Last Words - an intense and beautiful work in which Haydn depicts the Crucifixion.
Haydn's String Quartets are wonderful works full of melody, invention, intensity and wit. They are among my favourite works in the canon because there is such great variety and joy in them and you can always hear something new. Quatuor Mosaiques play them superbly. They are a "period" quartet who play on gut strings and with little or no vibrato, which gives a clear, warm sound and a distinctive (and to me delightful) style to the quartets. The musicians themselves are brilliant: they have established themselves as one of the world's leading quartets, and listening to these discs it is easy to see why. They play with a fluency, grace and precision which brings out all the charm and profundity in Haydn's music, and they really understand that Haydn often said serious things in a witty way. The slow movements are often truly moving, and others genuinely make me smile every time.
I think that these performances are unsurpassed by any of the great quartets who have recorded them and they have given me immense pleasure for years. Now that they are re-released at this price for five discs they're a real bargain, too, and I would wholeheartedly recommend both volumes. I am sure they will form a loved cornerstone of your collection as they do in mine.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2010, 11:26:52 BST
Ken Wood says:
Good review, thanks S.N. and I fully agree with you about Haydn's string quartets - marvellous music.
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