String Quartets (2007)

Haydn

The Amsterdam String Quartet

Unlike his great contemporary Mozart, who died at 35 in 1791, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) lived long enough to be feted as a musical colossus in his own lifetime. Writing in the influential, Leipzig-based Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in 1801, Johann Karl Friedrich Triest explains: all the composers of symphonies and quartets lag behind the man who has plied his craft for almost an entire half century with ever new, inexhaustible, genuinely amazing power, and became the greatest benefactor of German instrumental music. Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schnfeld, author of A Yearbook of the Music of Vienna and Prague in 1796, holds Haydn in similarly high esteem, waxing lyrical about his string quartets: [they] are full of bewitching harmonies, and have this special quality of immediately attracting ones attention, holding it and moving on, as in a labyrinth, through flowering meadows, past babbling brooks, alongside roaring streams.

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The Amsterdam String Quartet

The Amsterdam String Quartet is one of todays leading period instrument string quartets. The ensemble is specialized in the repertoire of the golden age of the string quartet: from 1762 to 1847. The Amsterdam String Quartet performs the works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn as well as the finest works of their lesser known contemporaries. Its members are all internationally respected specialists at the forefront of the early music scene. They are violinists Alida Schat and John Wilson Meyer, violist Jane Rogers and cellist Thomas Pitt.

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String Quartets (2007)

Haydn

The Amsterdam String Quartet

    HVT

Met passie en veel muzikaliteit ontvouwen de compositorische lijnen zich voor je en wordt je meegenomen in de opname. Ik kan me niet heugen een betere uitvoering gehoord te hebben. De opnameleiders hebben een klankjuweel gemaakt!

    Klassieke Zaken

The Amsterdam String Quartet brengt Haydns muziek met een heerlijke energie en frisheid. Het uitstekende samenspel verleent de muziek grote kracht. De interpretatie is doordacht verfijnd, met oor voor detail, vol leven, warmte en overtuigingskracht. Een buitengewoon aantrekkelijke cd!

    Klassieke Zaken

The Amsterdam String Quartet brengt Haydns muziek met een heerlijke energie en frisheid. Het uitstekende samenspel verleent de muziek grote kracht. De interpretatie is doordacht verfijnd, met oor voor detail, vol leven, warmte en overtuigingskracht. Een buitengewoon aantrekkelijke cd!

    Financieel Dagblad

Meerwaarde van het kwartet is dan hun historische instrumentarium een adelijke klank met de schittering van oud zilver voortbrengt

    WWW.klassik.com

Die 4 Muziker spielen in historischer Stimmung mit wenig Vibrato und dadurch sehr schlankem Ton. Das String Quartet zeigt for allem in den fugierten Passagen auch seine virtuosen Qualitieten.

    Audio-muziek.nl

De Amsterdammers kiezen in deze werken voor een pittige, mooi homogene en vrij gespierde speelstijl waaruit een grote inzet spreekt. De frasering is royaal, de stijl klopt Op de afwerking valt nauwelijks wat aan te merken, op de opnamekwaliteit (vanuit de Doopsgezinde kerk in Deventer) evenmin. Op zichzelf een lofwaardig resultaat.

    Luister

De constante in deze 3 werken is Haydns ongebreidelde fantasie als het op durf en moduleren aankomt. Juist door deze techniek uit te voeren benadrukken de musici het nieuwe van deze muziek in zijn eigen tijd. () De komende jaren wil the ASQ alle Haydn-kwartetten op gaan uitvoeren, hopelijk is Channel Classics daar dan ook bij om alles op te nemen.

    Stereophile

From the first notes of this disc, one hears a sound different from most other string quartets - the Amsterdam Quartet uses historical instruments, original or re-created, that wrap Haydn in rich, burnished tones... the players balance them well and take every advantage of Haydn's dynamic range and plasticity of tempo () An important addition to the library.

    Classics Today -

Indeed, the entire ensemble manages to sound at once earthy, as well as elegant, encompassing the full expressive range that Haydn built into the music. In short, this is one of the best recordings of Haydn quartets on period instruments currently available, and the sound, as we have come to expect fro this label, is state-of-the art in all formats.

    Fanfare

The first thing that strike one of the plangent sound of the period instruments. They have tang and bite, and yet they can sing out sweetly and exhibit power and strength when required. The four instrument match beautifully, and heir players create an impeccable ensemble. Haydn is beautifully served. This is a disc I just can't get out of my CD player.

    Sunday Times

The Amsterdammers are delectably spry in the opening allegros and witty in the finale. These quartets are full of musical surprises and sound fresh-minted as playes here.

    Audiophile Audition

The musicians have convinced me of the viability of their approach, and I enjoyed this disc very much indeed.

    International Record Review

There is profound seriousness in the strange tonal adventures in the development of the allegro moderato of op. 74 no. 1. The Amsterdam's playing can also warm into beautifully lyrical phrasing, as when Haydn is at is most Mozartian.

String Quartets (2007)

Haydn

The Amsterdam String Quartet

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker
Recording location:Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands 2007
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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String Quartet Op. 20, no. 3 in G minor - Allegro Con Spirito
Haydn
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String Quartet Op. 20, no. 3 in G minor - Menuetto. Allegretto
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String Quartet Op. 20, no. 3 in G minor - Poco Adagio
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String Quartet Op. 20, no. 3 in G minor - Finale. Allegro Molto
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String Quartet Op. 74, no. 1 in C major - Allegro Moderato
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String Quartet Op. 74, no. 1 in C major - Andantino grazioso
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String Quartet Op. 74, no. 1 in C major - Menuetto. Allegretto
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String Quartet Op. 74, no. 1 in C major - Finale. Vivace
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String Quartet Op. 76, no. 1 in G major - Allegro con spirito
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String Quartet Op. 76, no. 1 in G major - Adagio sostenuto
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String Quartet Op. 76, no. 1 in G major - Menuetto. Presto
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String Quartet Op. 76, no. 1 in G major - Allegro ma non troppo
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