We can hardly believe what we are hearing. Does the B minor quartet really begin in D major? No, but Haydn’s skillful omissions create an ambivalent atmosphere leaving everybody guessing – performers and listeners alike. Or the beginning of the G major quartet, a work with a theme beginning the way other themes end! Haydn constantly played with the expectations of his educated public, and it is pure joy to follow the Leipzig String Quartet while its members probe the musical enigmas so dear to him. The Leipzig String Quartet now turns to three quartets from Haydn’s op. 33. After more than twenty years of service to Prince Esterházy, it was with this work that the Viennese master tried his freelancer’s luck on the music market. And what a debut! An atmosphere of freedom and adventure radiates from these delightful interpretations marking yet another milestone in this ensemble’s impressive discography.