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Haydn: String Quartets Complete Vol 7 / Buchberger Quartet


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93760   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Helmut SohlerJulia GreveJoachim EtzelHubert Buchberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HAYDN String Quartets, op. 17/1–6 Buchberger Qrt (period instruments) BRILLIANT 93760 (2 CDs: 120:08)


This is Volume 7 of the Buchbergers’ traversal of Haydn’s string quartets. Although seven two-CD sets is not enough to encompass them all, the series has been completed, and is about to be issued whole on 20 CDs, as part of Brilliant Classics’s monster “Haydn Edition,” a 150-CD box. I’ve been told that Brilliant also plans to issue just the quartets as a set. As in much of its Read more previous Haydn, the Buchberger is frustratingly inconsistent. The good news is that it has a marvelous feeling for Haydn’s music and that the four period instruments are well matched and balanced, their gorgeous ensemble sonority fully captured by the recorded sound. It also plays all repeats except in Menuets da capo. The bad news is that these players can be cavalier about the notes on the page, eliding details more than some other ensembles that have recorded Haydn quartets. That didn’t come strongly into play in the comparatively heavy going of op. 20, and the Buchbergers struck me as marvelous there—readers may have found my reviews of the Buchbergers as inconsistent as their performances.


Although I don’t have scores at hand for op. 17 (the inexpensive Dover series, with its large, clear print, goes back only to op. 20, to my knowledge), comparisons with other recordings, primarily the Kodály and Schneider Quartets, show that the trend continues; both groups play with sharper attacks and greater verve in Allegro molto and Presto finales than does the Buchberger. Nevertheless, I prefer these new recordings, not only for their lovely sound but also for the ease and elegance of the performances, next to which the others sound rough and awkward. There is little competition for op. 17 on period instruments; a quick search on the Net did not turn up recordings by either Quatour Festetics or Quatour Mosaïques. Ideal recordings of op. 17 may not now exist, but I am happy with the Buchberger.


FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in E major, Op. 17 no 1/H 3 no 25 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Helmut Sohler (Cello), Julia Greve (Violin), Joachim Etzel (Viola),
Hubert Buchberger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 22 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 17 no 2/H 3 no 26 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Hubert Buchberger (Violin), Joachim Etzel (Viola), Julia Greve (Violin),
Helmut Sohler (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 17 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 17 no 3/H 3 no 27 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Joachim Etzel (Viola), Julia Greve (Violin), Helmut Sohler (Cello),
Hubert Buchberger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 22 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings in C minor, Op. 17 no 4/H 3 no 28 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Joachim Etzel (Viola), Julia Greve (Violin), Helmut Sohler (Cello),
Hubert Buchberger (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 17 no 6/H 3 no 30 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Hubert Buchberger (Violin), Joachim Etzel (Viola), Julia Greve (Violin),
Helmut Sohler (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 17 no 5/H 3 no 29 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Helmut Sohler (Cello), Hubert Buchberger (Violin), Julia Greve (Violin),
Joachim Etzel (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buchberger String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 16 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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