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CHAN 10831
(multiple CD Set)

Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Doric String Quartet



Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Jonathan Cooper



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Rosanna Fish



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

String Quartet


Chamber

Total Time - 154:42
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FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

(1732-1809)
   
  String Quartets, Op. 20  
  [original dedication to Prince Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanowetz]  
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 1 (Hob. III: 31)

25:19  
  in E flat major - in Es-Dur - en mi bémol majeur  
1 Allegro moderato 9:19
2 Menuet. Un poco allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo 3:44
3 Affettuoso e sostenuto 8:33
4 Finale. Presto 3:35
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 2 (Hob. III: 32)

23:06  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
5 Moderato 9:34
6 Capriccio. Adagio - Segue subito il Menuet 6:45
7 Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo 3:31
8 Fuga a quattro soggetti. Allegro 3:10
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 3 (Hob. III: 33)

25:49  
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
9 Allegro con spirito 7:56
10 Menuet. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo 4:17
11 Poco adagio 9:43
12 Finale. Allegro di molto 3:45
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4 (Hob. III: 34)

29:21  
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur  
13 Allegro di molto 10:57
14 Un poco adagio e affettuoso - 9:44
  Variazione I -  
  Variazione II -  
  Variazione III - [ ]  
15 Menuet all Zingarese. Allegretto - Trio - Menuet da Capo 1:40
16 Presto e scherzando 6:53
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 (Hob. III: 35)

25:29  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur  
17 Moderato 11:14
18 Menuet. [ ] - Trio - Menuet da Capo fin al Segno 5:02
19 Adagio - Segue Fuga 6:30
20 Finale. Fuga a due soggetti 8:39
   
 

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 6 (Hob. III: 36)

20:24  
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
21 Allegro di molto e scherzando 8:38
22 Adagio 6:04
23 Menuet. [ ] - Trio - Menuet da Capo 2:34
24 Fuga con tre soggetti. Allegro 2:55
   
  Alex Redington violin  
  Jonathan Stone violin  
  Hélène Clément viola  
  John Myerscough cello  
  7-9 October 2013 (String Quartets, Op. 20 Nos 1, 3, and 5) and 2-4 December 2013 (other works)  


Haydn’s six Op. 20 string quartets are milestones in the history of the genre. He wrote them in 1772 for performance by his colleagues at the Esterházy court and, unusually, not specifically for publication. Each one is a unique masterpiece and the set introduces compositional techniques that radically transformed the genre and shaped it for centuries to come. Haydn overturns conventional instrumental roles, crafts remarkably original colours and textures, and unlocks new expressive possibilities in these works which were crucial in establishing the reputation of purely instrumental music. The range within the quartets is kaleidoscopic. From the introspective, chorale-like slow movement of No. 1 via the terse and radical quartet No. 3 in G minor to the comic spirit of the fourth in D major, each of the quartets inhabits a distinct musical world. For many, this is some of the greatest music Haydn ever wrote.

Playing these seminal works is one of the world’s finest young ensembles, the Doric String Quartet. As well as having already produced a string of acclaimed recordings on Chandos, the group has been widely praised for its live performances of Haydn’s works. The Sunday Telegraph wrote that ‘Haydn and the Doric are a perfect match… Unequivocally, these were performances of terrific panache and perception, seeming to get right under the skin of Haydn’s creative genius

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