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M. Haydn: String Quintets / L'Archibudelli

Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 53987   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Michael Haydn
Performer:  Anner BylsmaLucy Van DaelJürgen KussmaulGuus Jeukendrup,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is often supposed that the string quintet as a genre was created by Mozart, but in fact there are plenty of examples by other composers before him, both in Salzburg and Vienna. Among the Salzburgers, Michael Haydn was of course pre-eminent. Two of the quintets recorded here were written in 1773—that is, immediately before Mozart wrote his own first quintet, K174; the date of the third, the B flat work, is uncertain but not likely to be much different. These works are listed in some sources as divertimentos or notturnos rather than as true music for the chamber and in fact the one in B flat is in six movements, with a march, like the Mozart divertimentos of the time. Whether the lowest part should be played on a cello, as it is here, or a Read more double-bass, as indicated in some sources (that was the normal practice in Salzburg), is doubtful, but in any case unimportant. What is important is that they are really fine pieces, comparable on every level with the music of Michael's Salzburg colleague and his Esterhazy brother.

The B flat work is full of attractive and amiable invention, and the variation movement carries it to a higher plane, with a slow penultimate variation of real depth and poignancy with almost operatic dialogue between the first viola and first violin (no doubt Mozart remembered it, consciously or otherwise, when composing his K515 slow movement). No less fine is the Adagio cantabile of the C major work, with a viola melody above pizzicato accompaniments and comments and echoes from the violin (with the roles later reversed): music that is both delectable and profoundly felt. The perpetuum mobile finale here, with some nice touches of counterpoint, is another delight, both brilliant and amusing, and it has echoes in Mozart's K174. The last of the quintets here, in G, begins just like a mature Joseph Haydn string quartet and is as closely and as wittily argued; its slow movement is again of considerable intensity (hints here of Mozart's much later Kleine Nachtmusik) and its final Presto will strike the listener as distinctly 'Mozartian' with its chromaticisms and its contrapuntal interest. A very appealing disc, finely and sensitively played, and full of sympathetic and musicianly touches, especially in the slow movements.

-- Stanley Sadie, Gramophone [8/1994]
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Works on This Recording

Notturno in C major, P 108 by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello), Lucy Van Dael (Violin), Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola),
Guus Jeukendrup (Viola), Vera Beths (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Alter Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 20 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notturno for Strings in G major, P 109 by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello), Lucy Van Dael (Violin), Vera Beths (Violin),
Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola), Guus Jeukendrup (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Alter Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Divertimento for 2 Violin, 2 Viola and Double Bass in Bb major, P 105 by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Lucy Van Dael (Violin), Jürgen Kussmaul (Viola), Vera Beths (Violin),
Guus Jeukendrup (Viola), Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Archibudelli
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1784; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Alte Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 31 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 More excellence from Michael July 5, 2017 By steven howes (Winnipeg, MB) See All My Reviews "This is the first music of Haydn's that wasn't choral. I love this as much as his choral work. (though Salvete Flores Martyrum can never be surpassed)." Report Abuse
 Beautiful music superbly played December 10, 2014 By Charles Apers (3571 PJ Utrecht, Netherlands) See All My Reviews "Michael Haydn's string quintets are perhaps not the most challenging pieces of chamber music ever written but even on a cold, dark winter's day they sound like the beams of the sun. L'Archibudelli play this music accordingly light with warmth, and transparantcy. They sound like the music was made for them." Report Abuse
 Excellent late 18th century chamber music May 5, 2014 By Douglas Miller (Columbia, MO) See All My Reviews "These string quintets by Michael Haydn are terrific. I've been familiar with some of his symphonies and some of his church music but this is new to me. One could easily believe his brother Josef wrote these, or that Mozart did. The performances are very good, as expected from L'Archibudelli." Report Abuse
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