String Quartets Op 20 'Sun' (2 CDs)

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JOSEF HAYDN
String Quartets Op 20 'Sun' (2 CDs)
The London Haydn Quartet

[ Hyperion / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Monday 10 October 2011

Gramophone Magazine: Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2011

"their performances often seem strikingly austere, and will not be to all tastes; they sometimes have a rawness that harks back to the early hair-shirt days of the period-instrument movement" (The Guardian)

"The young ensemble plays on authentic gut strings with classical bows. Their thin, supple tone brings out Haydn's melodic line...The commitment of this string quartet to one composer pays off. Their wiry, period tone suits Haydn's melodious, down-to-earth writing. They capture [his] urbane wit and complex intelligence" ClassicFM

"this recording maintains their historically informed, period instrument approach. Once again, preparation has been meticulous...The almost vibrato-less playing is immaculate in intonation and subtly responsive to shifts and contrasts of Haydn's invention." (BBC Music)

Tracks:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 3 in G minor
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major