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Haydn: String Quartets

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Only rarely does it happen in the recording industry that repertoire and performers align, so that the resulting performances take on an added glow of authenticity. Thus it was with Haydn and the Schneider Quartetand over the years these 53 readings have acquired legendary status. For anyone who does not object to early 1950s monophonic sound, a true treat awaits, for despite some serious competition, these recordings have never been effaced. The quartet itself took its name from its leader Alexander Schneider (1908-93), one of the more remarkable musicians of the last century, and like that of second violinist Isidore Cohen (1922-2005), anyone with an interest in, or knowledge of, chamber group ensembles will know in an instant. The performances captured here speak for themselves. This is grand playing from a bygone era, yet truly essential listening.

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"But what M&A has given us is so unarguably essential and, as already stated, so downright indispensable, as to render the concept of "best" rather meaningless. Indeed, performances on this level of commitment, authority and assurance have always made comparison simply beside the point." --Richard Freed, Soundstage

"The Schneider Quartet (violinists Alexander Schneider and Isidor Cohen, violist Karen Tuttle, cellists Madeleine Foley and later Herman Busch) recorded 53 quartets to launch the Haydn Society label over a three-year period starting in 1951. Their recordings had a remarkable impact at the time - the sophisticated playing, imbued with sentiment and attitude, helped trigger a surge of Haydn quartet recordings that continues to this day. Their recording of Opus 77, No. 1, turned me on to chamber music." --Laurence Vittes, AllThingsStrings.com


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