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  1. Haydn: String Quartets Op 64 Nos 2, 4, 5 /Quatuor Mosaiques
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  2. Haydn: String Quartets Op 64 Nos 2, 4, 5 /Quatuor Mosaiques

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In the early 1790's and after nearly 30 years of serving the aristocracy at Esterhazy court, Haydn was growing a bit weary and ready to finally venture out on his own as something of a freelance musician. But before this shift - which resulted in his first London visit (and magnificant symphonies) - he wrote these last quartets at Esterhazy and cataloged them under Op. 64. They were most likely written for one of the top violinists in the orchestra there and show an ever-deepening maturity in composition. The latter quartets here appear to look ahead towards performance before larger London audiences with their dramatic endings and emphasised virtuostic style. They all are among the "Top 30" quartets of Haydn today and part of the popular concert repertoire.

The Austrian (not French) quartet, Quatuor Mosaiques, has received excellent reviews for their dynamic, probing readings of Haydn's quartets (Op. 20, 33, 64, 76 and 77). Gramophone recommends them across the board... Read more
Many years ago, a friend told me that much as he admired Mozart and Beethoven, he really preferred listening to Haydn, who, in his view, did not attempt to be sublime but settled for creating an attractive, imaginative, and human-scaled music. I think there's a lot of truth in that, but it needs to be said that the sheer amazing fertility of Haydn's imagination shouldn't be under-rated. Without really trying to stretch the bounds of the classical style, has any composer who composed as much managed to seem never to be repeating himself? As is the case with his symphonies and piano music, so Haydn's string quartets are full of attractive and fertile invention, so the only question here is: are the performances good? The Quator Mosaique is an original instrument group that is as fine as any currently active, and they are beautifully recorded here, in these 1790 quartets, composed around the time that Haydn's employment at Esterhazy was ending. The "Lark" is perhaps the best... Read more
All Quatuor Mosaiques' Hadyn recordings are first rate and have garnered wide critical acclaim. Of other recent artists' offering of the Haydn quartets, the Lindsays stand next to Mosaiques. However, the differences in style and interpretation are notable. Mosaiques is a period ensemble, with a more delicate sound. The Lindsays make an excellent case for a more robust approach. To choose between them on sheer quality is impossible, and one may only follow one's personal preferences or enjoy both depending on mood. If forced by frugality, one cannot go wrong with either. At the same time, this reviewer cannot resist claiming that the Mosaiques have a very special attunement to what must be most properly 'Haydn.'

The previous reviewer mentions the Kodaly offering on Naxos. A decade ago this label was putting out some nice discs and some, frankly, cruddy ones. Yet today Naxos has truly become THE budget label and for this is to be commended. They can, naturally, be hit and... Read more
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