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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76

Joseph Haydn , Tokyo String Quartet Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Performer: Tokyo String Quartet
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (June 14, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000291M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: I. Allegro con spirito
2. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: II. Adagio sostenuto
3. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: III. Menuet. Presto
4. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In G Major, Op. 76 No. 1: IV. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo
5. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2 'Fifths': I. Allegro
6. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2 'Fifths': II. Andante o piu tosto Allegretto
7. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2 'Fifths': III. Menuetto
8. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Minor, Op. 76 No. 2 'Fifths': IV. Finale. Vivace assai
9. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3 'Emperor': I. Allegro
10. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In C Major, Op. 76 No. 3 'Emperor': II. Poco Adagio. Cantabile - Var. I - IV
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Disc: 2
1. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise': I. Allegro con spirito
2. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise': II. Adagio
3. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise': III. Menuet. Allegro
4. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In B-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 4 'Sunrise': IV. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo
5. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: I. Allegretto - Allegro
6. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: II. Largo cantabile e mesto
7. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: III. Menuetto
8. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In D Major, Op. 76 No. 5: IV. Finale. Presto
9. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: I. Allegretto - Allegro
10. String Quartets, Op. 76 'Erdody': Quartet In E-Flat Major, Op. 76 No. 6: II. Fantasia. Adagio
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Editorial Reviews

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These quartets, Haydn's last great quartet collection, represent a peak of musical achievement that may have been equaled, but has never been surpassed. Haydn invented the string quartet way back in the 1750s, and by the time he came to write these works some 40 years later, his mastery was so natural and effortless that it's hardly noticeable. All you hear are the great tunes, dramatic surprises, fresh rhythms, and ever-new string textures. These immaculate performances by the Tokyo Quartet went a long way toward establishing it as one of the most exciting young string quartets to emerge in the past two decades, and they have been superbly recorded. A classic set, then, and essential listening. --David Hurwitz

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances of Excellent Music December 23, 2001
I've owned this set for about six years and I never grow tired of hearing these performances. They convey, I think, the composer's intentions flawlessly and contain all of the liveliness, optimism and energy which was Haydn's trademark. The textures and balancing seem to me to be perfect and the Tokyo String Quartet's sound and finish is impeccable. I can't imagine these works being performed any better.
Most enjoyable. I highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb String Quartets March 4, 2001
When the composer who penned an incredible 105 symphonies writes a string quartet, of course it will be substantial. It wasn't enough for Haydn's String Quartets, Op. 76 to be one quartet. No, it had to be six quartets wrapped up into one, combining for more than two hours of music. But quantity means nothing without quality, and these string quartets are some of best ever written. Throw in a superb performance by one of the best chamber groups of the last half of the twentieth century, the Tokyo String Quartet, and you truly have an essential set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous Music! December 26, 2002
When I bought my first CD player a year ago I decided to build a classical CD collection. Although I've loved classical music all my life, I'm neither educated nor particularly knowledgeable on the subject. (I've always known what I liked even if I didn't know who wrote it or who performed it.) I loved Beethoven and many years ago purchased his symphonies and piano concerti on LPs, but I really didn't have a feeling for chamber music. I purchased this particular CD set because the price was right but more importantly because a review I'd read suggested this music might be worth hearing. I now own TWO sets of these quartets. The Tokyo rendition resides on the CD changer in my car and the Kodaly rendition frequently revisits the CD carousel in my home. I've listened to quite a bit of chamber music over the last year, most of it purchased from Amazon[.com] and would say without hesitation that I enjoy listening to string quartets more than anything else. I'm in awe of what Haydn wrote, and am especially fond of the Op. 76 quartets, which are the last quartets Haydn completed during his life. This CD set is very fine. The music never fails to move me. I readily give the Tokyo String Quartet performance five stars and would do the same for Kodaly Quartet from Hungary. If you haven't listened to their performances of Haydn quartets, you owe it to yourself to check out their Naxos discs. Haydn rocks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulous Renderings of Moving Chamber Music May 1, 2003
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As these come from late in Hadyn's compositional career, they are well known as monumental works for string quartets.
Played with passion and control by the Tokyo String Quartet, they exemplify the Classical Style of delicate four movement style and equality among the instruments.
Especially enjoy the third movement of the B-flat major work, with its flighty stop and go's, and harmonies of this menuet. Just delightful and full of glee and bouncy joy.
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