• BIS2168 Katalognummer
  • 7318599921686 EAN
  • 1SACD Format
  • 2017 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Chiaroscuro Quartet

Komponist
Haydn, Joseph

Ensemble
Chiaroscuro Quartet

Plateselskap
BIS

Verk

Haydn, Joseph:

String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4:
I. Allegro di molto
II. Un poco adagio e affettuoso
III. Menuet alla Zingarese. Allegretto
IV. Presto e scherzando

String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5:
I. Moderato
II. Menuet
III. Adagio
IV. Finale. Fuga a 2 soggetti

String Quartet in A major, Op. 20 No. 6:
I. Allegro di molto e scherzando
II. Adagio
III. Menuet
IV. Fuga con 3 soggetti. Allegro

Produktbeskrivelse

The so-called ‘Sun’ quartets of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 20 are often said to represent an unprecedented flowering of his string quartet writing, establishing a high watermark to which every other subsequent composer of quartets has paid homage. The six quartets are not a monument of compositional rectitude or propriety, however – it is rather their flexibility, variety and unpredictability that make them so compelling. Every bar is full of a sense of musical adventure, a palpable feeling that Haydn is creating bridges between styles and ideas and forging a composite vision of four-part string writing that draws on every historical source that he knew as well as the furthest reaches of his musical imagination.

On this second instalment, the last three quartets of the set are performed by the Chiaroscuro Quartet, a highly international ensemble formed in 2005 by the violinists Alina Ibragimova (Russia) and Pablo Hernán Benedí (Spain), the Swedish violist Emilie Hörnlund and cellist Claire Thirion from France. Dubbed ‘a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music’ in Gramophone, the quartet plays on gut strings, and the previous instalment was singled out as a recommended disc by The Strad, whose reviewer described its contents as ‘period-instrument performances of the utmost subtlety and refinement’.

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