Haydn - String Quartets Op.74 | Hyperion CDA67781

Haydn - String Quartets Op.74

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67781

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st October 2011

Contents

Artists

Takacs Quartet

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

String Quartets (3), op.74

Artists

Takacs Quartet

About

These quartets date from 1793 and were written when Haydn returned home to Vienna after a visit to London which had cemented his international fame as a composer and public figure.

The composer wrote a set of six string quartets for Count Anton Apponyi, a chamberlain at the Imperial Court. The set was broken up into two groups of three and sold to separate publishers, thus becoming the Op.71 and Op.74 Quartets, released together by the acclaimed Takács Quartet.

The quartets possess an orchestral sonority, and the frequent modulations, dynamic variations and increasingly virtuosic writing can be derived from elements of the six London Symphonies. They demonstrate the composer’s astonishing elegance, lyricism and his immense skill in fusing the profound with the light-hearted.

In these compelling interpretations the Takács Quartet display an absolute unanimity of tone and style and cement their reputation as one of today’s greatest string quartets.

Takács Quartet:
- Edward Dusinberre, violin
- Károly Schranz, violin
- Geraldine Walther, viola
- András Fejér, cello

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