760623231228

Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 17

Leipzig String Quartet

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Format: 2CD

Cat No: MDG30723122

Release Date:  05 April 2024

Label:  MDG

Packaging Type:  Brilliant Case (Jewel Case size, Holds 2 CDs)

No of Units:  2

Barcode:  760623231228

Genres:  Classical  Chamber Music  

  • Description

    Joseph Haydn's Op 1 heralded the birth of a new genre. These six early works by the young composer, famed for his mischievous humour, delight and fascinate with their freshness and exuberance, quirky, irregular phrase-lengths and unexpected pauses. Thanks to the gripping performance by the highly acclaimed Leipzig String Quartet, this recording makes for highly pleasurable listening.



    Baron Furnberg had invited the 20-something Haydn to write music for occasional "little performances" at his residence. The three other string players included the composer Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, who would go on to teach a certain Ludwig van. Haydn drew on various traditions, combining the serenade, divertimenti and string trios to create a new form that was to become an unprecedented success story.



    The first violin, Stefan Arzberger, is able to demonstrate his outstanding qualities particularly in the slow movements with their sweeping melodic arcs. The other three instruments are by no means limited to mere accompaniment. With their differentiated playing, they form the framework of the movement or comment on it with surprising interjections - real chamber music at the highest level.



    The Leipzig Quartet has become one of the most sought-after and versatile ensembles of this genre in the 35 years of its existence. To date, the ensemble has released around 100 recordings which are celebrated by international critics and they have received numerous international honors and awards. They are regularly invited to perform at renowned festivals world-wide.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1: I. Presto
      • 2. II. Menuet
      • 3. III. Adagio
      • 4. IV. Menuet
      • 5. V. Finale. Presto
      • 6. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2: I. Allegro molto
      • 7. II. Menuet
      • 8. III. Adagio
      • 9. IV. Menuet
      • 10. V. Finale. Presto
      • 11. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 1 No. 3: I. Adagio
      • 12. II. Menuet
      • 13. III. Scherzo
      • 14. IV. Menuet
      • 15. V. Finale. Presto

      Disc 2

      • 1. String Quartet in G Major, Op. 1 No. 4: I. Presto
      • 2. II. Menuet
      • 3. III. Adagio ma non tanto
      • 4. IV. Menuet
      • 5. V. Finale. Presto
      • 6. String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 5: I. Presto
      • 7. II. Menuet
      • 8. III. Adagio
      • 9. IV. Menuet
      • 10. V. Finale. Presto
      • 11. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 1 No. 6: I. Presto assai
      • 12. II. Menuet
      • 13. III. Adagio
      • 14. IV. Menuet
      • 15. V. Finale. Allegro