Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Lindsay Quartet is always a joy in Haydn, and this CD is no exception. These musicians really relish Haydn’s unceasing invention and bring it alive with a happy mix of respect, perception, and enthusiasm. The recording, made in a church in Yorkshire in April 2002, is rather bright in fortissimos, though, although first violin Peter Cropper does have a piercing tone anyway; Bernard Gregor-Smith’s wonderful cello playing is splendidly caught, too. The quality of Haydn’s music never ceases to amaze me: the ideas, the development of those ideas, the touching slow movements, the variety of the minuets, and the wit of the finales. Each movement seems a new departure for this most wonderful of composers, and The Lindsays play each movement
here with a similar freshness; more than that the novelty of Haydn’s thoughts are paraded with an honesty that is disarming.
Colin Anderson, FANFARE
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