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Haydn: String Quartets / Pro Arte Quartet

Pro Arte Quartet
Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 563132  
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnRoman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Laurent HalleuxGermain PrévostRobert MaasAlphonse Onnou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Number of Discs: 7 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'One has never heard them surpassed, and rarely equalled,' wrote The Times of Belgium’s Pro Arte Quartet in 1925. The ensemble’s pioneering project to record the complete Haydn quartets was interrupted by World War II, but their interpretations of the composer’s music were destined for immortality. As Gramophone wrote in 1936: “The Pro Arte people have that awareness which is one of the prerogatives of the true artist ... The variety of expression is wonderful and the recording as perfect as one could wish.”

These recordings have now been remastered in 24BIT-96kHz digital sound.
'One has never heard them surpassed, and rarely equalled,' wrote The Times of Belgium’s Pro Arte Quartet in 1925. The ensemble’s pioneering project to record the complete Haydn quartets was interrupted by World War II, but their interpretations of the composer’s music were destined for immortality. As Gramophone wrote in 1936: “The Pro Arte people have that awareness which is one of the prerogatives of the true artist ... The variety of expression is wonderful and the recording as perfect as one could wish.”

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 1 no 1 "La Chasse" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762; Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 1 no 6/H 3 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin),
Laurent Halleux (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762; Austria 
3.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 4 in B flat major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
4.
Quartets (6) for Strings, Op. 3: no 5 in F major by Roman Hoffstetter
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello),
Laurent Halleux (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1777; Germany 
5.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 no 1/H 3 no 31 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 20 no 2/H 3 no 32 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin),
Laurent Halleux (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
7.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 20 no 4/H 3 no 34 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
8.
Quartet for Strings in F minor, Op. 20 no 5/H 3 no 35 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
9.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
10.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 33 no 3/H 3 no 39 "Bird" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
11.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 33 no 6/H 3 no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Robert Maas (Cello), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Germain Prévost (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
12.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 50 no 3/H 3 no 46 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Alphonse Onnou (Violin),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
13.
Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 50 no 6/H 3 no 49 "Frog" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
14.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 54 no 1/H 3 no 58 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
15.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 54 no 2/H 3 no 57 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
16.
Quartet for Strings in E major, Op. 54 no 3/H 3 no 59 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
17.
Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 55 no 1/H 3 no 60 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Germain Prévost (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
18.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 55 no 3/H 3 no 62 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Laurent Halleux (Violin), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
19.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 64 no 3/H 3 no 67 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Robert Maas (Cello), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Germain Prévost (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
20.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 64 no 4/H 3 no 66 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
21.
Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
22.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 71 no 1/H 3 no 69 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Laurent Halleux (Violin), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 74 no 1/H 3 no 72 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 74 no 3/H 3 no 74 "Rider" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Germain Prévost (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 74 no 2/H 3 no 73 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin), Germain Prévost (Viola),
Robert Maas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
27.
Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 76 no 4/H 3 no 78 "Sunrise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Germain Prévost (Viola), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Alphonse Onnou (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 77 no 1/H 3 no 81 "Lobkowitz" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Germain Prévost (Viola), Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin),
Laurent Halleux (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Quartet for Strings in F major, Op. 77 no 2/H 3 no 82 "Lobkowitz" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Robert Maas (Cello), Alphonse Onnou (Violin), Laurent Halleux (Violin),
Germain Prévost (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799; Vienna, Austria 

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 brilliant April 29, 2018 By Don D. (Albuquerque, NM) See All My Reviews "Great group of musicians and Haydn's quartets are a revelation" Report Abuse
 Haydn String Quartets January 31, 2018 By David Westley (Brookline, MA) See All My Reviews "I am not an expert on music but Haydn is my favorite composer. And I love chamber music. The quality of the recodings is very good though I have one reservation: the fourth disc was warped so when I downloaded the CDs to my iPod I had to skip the fourth CD." Report Abuse
 A real Blast from the Past!  January 29, 2018 By Louis Galie (Leander, TX) See All My Reviews "Superbly re-mastered with excellent sound quality, these discs do justice to the high artistry of this excellent quartet. Their playing is impeccable. Their musicianship is of the highest order. Thank you Warner Classics for giving us a chance to hear this fabled group. If you love string quartets, you must buy this collection." Report Abuse
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