The Lindsays continue their recording of Haydns complete
string quartets with this first disc of the Opus 64 quartets. Composed
between 1787 and 1790, these quartets were part of a period of artistic
ferment for Haydn. During this three-year period, he composed twelve
quartets, as well as other music. The noted Haydn scholar, H C Robbins
Landon, calls the Opus 64 quartets, "perhaps Haydns single greatest
achievement of the period." These "flawless masterpieces"
are models for what string quartets should be.
Listening to the rich variety of effects and melodies,
one can easily appreciate Haydn's genius. From the lush opening allegro
moderato of the first quartet to the mellow, intense adagio ma non troppo
of the second quartet, to the vivace assai of the third quartet, with
its folk melodies, these works are a showcase of Haydn's styles and
musicality. Both intensely profound and lyrical, both intellectual and
melodic, these quartets belong at the summit of Haydn's output.
The Lindsays certainly do justice to these works, instilling
charm and energy into the faster movements, and giving the slow movements
the passion they deserve. Their sound is excellent, though, at times,
one might want to hear each instrument a little more clearly.
This is an excellent recording of three of Haydns
finest quartets, and shows that The Lindsays merit the praise they have