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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64 / Medici Quartet

Haydn / Medici String Quartet
Release Date: 10/23/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 97717  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Compared with the majority of modern-instrument ensembles, the English Medici Quartet is a bit rougher in tone in fast movements, more sensitive in interpretation in slow movements, and a tad more buoyant in tempo in the Menuettos. The intonation is warmer in lyrical themes, the attacks harder in developments, and the sense of exhilaration more infectious in climaxes. Does this make this Opus 64 set the one to hear? To be sure, there have been other excellent performances of the works -- old timers will recall with fondness the Amadeus Quartet's sweet, strong, and tart DG recordings -- but anyone hearing these endlessly inventive works for the first time in the Medici's performances will not likely be disappointed, nor will they likely feel Read more compelled to try others any time soon. Plus, it must be added that EMI's stereo recording still sounds very fresh and immediate in this apparently un-remastered 2007 reissue.

-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 64 no 1/H 3 no 65 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Quartet for Strings in B minor, Op. 64 no 2/H 3 no 68 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 64 no 3/H 3 no 67 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
4.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 64 no 4/H 3 no 66 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
5.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 64 no 5/H 3 no 63 "Lark" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 48 in C, Op. 64 No. 1, FHE No. 31, Hoboken III: 65 (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 48 in C, Op. 64 No. 1, FHE No. 31, Hoboken III: 65 (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Menuetto (Allegretto ma non troppo)
String Quartet No. 48 in C, Op. 64 No. 1, FHE No. 31, Hoboken III: 65 (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto scherzando
String Quartet No. 48 in C, Op. 64 No. 1, FHE No. 31, Hoboken III: 65 (2007 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto)
String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2, FHE No. 32, Hoboken III: 68 (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro spirituoso
String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2, FHE No. 32, Hoboken III: 68 (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio ma non troppo
String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2, FHE No. 32, Hoboken III: 68 (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 49 in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2, FHE No. 32, Hoboken III: 68 (2007 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto)
String Quartet No. 50 in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3, FHE No. 33, Hoboken III: 67 (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Vivace assai
String Quartet No. 50 in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3, FHE No. 33, Hoboken III: 67 (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 50 in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3, FHE No. 33, Hoboken III: 67 (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 50 in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3, FHE No. 33, Hoboken III: 67 (2007 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Allegro con spirito)
String Quartet No. 51 in G, Op. 64 No. 4, FHE No. 34, Hoboken III: 66 (2007 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 51 in G, Op. 64 No. 4, FHE No. 34, Hoboken III: 66 (2007 Digital Remaster): II. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 51 in G, Op. 64 No. 4, FHE No. 34, Hoboken III: 66 (2007 Digital Remaster): III. Adagio cantabile sostenuto
String Quartet No. 51 in G, Op. 64 No. 4, FHE No. 34, Hoboken III: 66 (2007 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto)
String Quartet No. 53 in D, Op.64 No. 5, Hob.III:63 'The Lark' (2007 - Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 53 in D, Op.64 No. 5, Hob.III:63 'The Lark' (2007 - Remaster): II. Adagio cantabile
String Quartet No. 53 in D, Op.64 No. 5, Hob.III:63 'The Lark' (2007 - Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 53 in D, Op.64 No. 5, Hob.III:63 'The Lark' (2007 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Vivace)
String Quartet No. 52 in E Flat, Op.64 No. 6, Hob.III:64 (2007 - Remaster): I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 52 in E Flat, Op.64 No. 6, Hob.III:64 (2007 - Remaster): II. Andante
String Quartet No. 52 in E Flat, Op.64 No. 6, Hob.III:64 (2007 - Remaster): III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No. 52 in E Flat, Op.64 No. 6, Hob.III:64 (2007 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Presto)

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