Op. 103, Movement 2
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Audio CD Verified Purchase. This is a recording of three string quartets by Joseph Haydn. The string quartet was pioneered by Haydn, and this recording provides a great introduction to Haydn's work in that genre. The quartets are played by one of the most accomplished string quartets around, the Takacs Quartet.
The Takacs Quartet was founded in , and over the last thirty-five years it has produced a large body of high quality recordings. This recording, which features all of the original members of the group, is no exception. I really cannot say enough about this recording. It is simply stunning. The first and second quartets Op.
Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the first quartet Op. The third quartet Op. It is also rather short, consisting of only two movements. The liner notes indicate that the two movements of Op. I will now say a few more detailed words about the pieces. The first and second quartets are both characterized by a striking intelligence in all their movements. Moreover, the first, third, and fourth movements of the first quartet burst with an incredible energy, and they also contain some of the sunniest music that you are likely to hear.
The effect is thrilling.
The second quartet contains some lively movements too, but overall the piece is not as energetic as the first quartet. The fourth movement of the second quartet is the liveliest; it contains some wonderfully spirited passages. Here is an excerpt from the liner notes: The slow movement of the first quartet its second movement is a pensive adagio; the slow movement of the second quartet its third movement is an affecting andante, also pensive. So much for the pieces themselves. The performance of the pieces by the Takacs Quartet is sublime. The playing is passionate, and it successfully conveys the richness of the quartets.
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Finally, the sound engineering is generally of good quality. The instruments usually sound crisp, though I felt there were some passages in which the cello was muted. For a bit of history of this piece, Haydn, while tutoring Beethoven, was working on what was supposed to be six quartets he only completed these two for Prince Lobkowitz. Interestingly enough, at this same time, Beethoven was composing his Op. What sets these quartets apart from Haydn's previous quartets is that they were the first to incorporate a scherzo instead of the usual minuet. Not wanting to be accused of "borrowing" from Beethoven, however, he didn't use the term scherzo.
Anyway, I thought that was a bit of interesting info, although it really has nothing to do with reviewing this CD, which I do highly recommend.
Admittedly, I haven't heard but a handful of other versions, but I prefer this one by far of those that I have heard. As for the six quartets of Op. They are sitting on a treasure trove and won't reissue some of the finest recordings ever made by the likes of Szell, Ormandy, Casals, Stern, Rose, the Tokyo, Fleisher and the list goes on and on. Very beautiful, warm, heartfelt performances by the great Takacs Quartet. A must-hear for any music lover. Music to lift the spirits played with style and charm. One person found this helpful.
Not the most riveting performance of these classic quartets, but very engaging, very warm renditions. Folksongs ; Songs ; For 4 voices, piano ; For voices with keyboard ; Scores featuring the voice ; Scores featuring the soprano voice ; Scores featuring the alto voice ; Scores featuring the tenor voice ; Scores featuring the bass voice ; Scores featuring the piano ; German language ; For mixed chorus, piano arr ; For chorus with keyboard ; Scores featuring mixed chorus ; For male chorus, piano arr ; Scores featuring male chorus ; For female chorus, piano arr ; Scores featuring female chorus ; For piano 4 hands arr ; Scores featuring the piano 4 hands ; For 2 players ; For voice, piano arr ; For piano arr ; For 1 player.
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