JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809) ‘Sun’ String Quartets, Op. 20 Nos 4-6 , Volume 2
BIS SACD BIS2168 @ £14.25*
“In this completion of the set the players again use gut strings, but it is less the period light touch of the performances that is captivating than the inexhaustible richness of their imagination. Every unexpected twist and turn is as fresh as the day it was written.” Financial Times
Also available – Volume 1
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): ‘Sun’ Quartets Op.20, Nos. 1-3, Volume, 1
The so-called ‘Sun’ quartets of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 20 are often said to represent an unprecedented flowering of his string quartet writing, establishing a high watermark to which every other subsequent composer of quartets has paid homage. The six quartets are not a monument of compositional rectitude or propriety, rather, it is their flexibility, variety and unpredictability that make them so compelling. Every bar is full of a sense of musical adventure, a palpable feeling that Haydn is creating bridges between styles and ideas and forging a composite vision of four-part string writing that draws on every historical source that he knew as well as the furthest reaches of his musical imagination.
On this second instalment, the last three quartets of the set are performed by the Chiaroscuro Quartet, an international ensemble formed in 2005 by the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova