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Haydn: String Quartets Vol 2 / Amsterdam String Quartet


Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 28209   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane RodgersThomas PittJohn Wilson MeyerAlida Schat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Amsterdam immediately strikes me as the finest quartet of this lot; it plays period instruments at a lowered pitch. A shining first violin and a crisp, solid cello anchor a fine ensemble, recorded close enough to capture the flavor of each instrument and yet frame the ensemble. The sound on CD is very fine; SACD smoothes the violin, which is good, but also smooths the cello, removing some of its character—I do not accept that SACD must be more accurate than CD, as there are so many variables in any recording. The musicians phrase with imagination and humor: lines sing and chords bounce."

-- James H. North, Fanfare
"The Amsterdam immediately strikes me as the finest quartet of this lot; it plays period instruments at a lowered pitch. A shining first violin and a crisp, solid cello anchor a fine ensemble, recorded close enough to capture the flavor of each instrument and yet frame the ensemble. The sound on CD is very fine; SACD smoothes the violin, which is good, but also smooths the cello, removing some of its character—I do not accept that SACD must be more accurate than CD, as there are so many variables in any recording. The musicians phrase with imagination and humor: lines sing and chords bounce."

-- James H. North, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 64 no 4/H 3 no 66 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane Rodgers (Viola), Thomas Pitt (Cello), John Wilson Meyer (Violin),
Alida Schat (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 77 no 1/H 3 no 81 "Lobkowitz" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane Rodgers (Viola), Thomas Pitt (Cello), John Wilson Meyer (Violin),
Alida Schat (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 20 no 4/H 3 no 34 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jane Rodgers (Viola), Thomas Pitt (Cello), John Wilson Meyer (Violin),
Alida Schat (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 64 No. 6: I. Allegro
String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 64 No. 6: II. Andante
String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 64 No. 6: III. Menuet, Allegretto
String Quartet in E Flat, Op. 64 No. 6: IV. Finale, Presto
String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1: II. Adagio
String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1: III. Menuet, Presto
String Quartet in G, Op. 77 No. 1: IV. Finale, Presto
String Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4: I. Allegro di molto
String Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4: II. Un poco Adagio affettuoso
String Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4: III. Menuetto, Allegretto alla zingarese
String Quartet in D, Op. 20 No. 4: IV. Presto scherzando

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