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Haydn: String Quartets, Op 33 / Apponyi Quartet

Haydn / Apponyi Quartet
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Ars Musici   Catalog #: 232160   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set, first issued in 1993, represented one of the reference recordings for these works, and if you particularly enjoy period-instrument performances it still does. It has held up remarkably well. I no longer believe that it's quite so necessary to "rough up" the tone in the allegros, but the infectious energy and emotional extravagance of these performances remains as irresistible as ever. Consider the hilariously lachrymose slow movement of Quartet No. 5 (with appropriate vibrato, thank God, in the solo violin), the perfectly timed finale of the "Joke" Quartet, or the wonderfully chirpy outer movements of the "Bird". Whether or not you approve of the approach or the timbre of the instruments, there's no Read more cause to think that the players are hiding behind some theoretical notion of "authenticity" and abdicating their responsibility as interpreters of Haydn. So if you missed these irrepressible performances the first time around, here's your chance to set the record straight.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 33 no 5/H 3 no 41 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 15 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 17 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings in B minor, Op. 33 no 1/H 3 no 37 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 22 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 33 no 3/H 3 no 39 "Bird" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 19 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5. Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 33 no 6/H 3 no 42 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 33 no 4/H 3 no 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Apponyi String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 05/1993 
Venue:  DLF Köln, Sendesaal 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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