The Golden Age of String Quartets is the eagerly anticipated debut CD of The Windermere String Quartet. Viewed through the prism of historically informed performance on period instruments, the canonical quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven take on fresh colours as the Windermere String Quartet plays them. The CD's program features period instrument performances of celebrated and seminal works by the "big three" composers of the Classical era, including Haydn's Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 ('The Joke'), Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet (K465), and Beethoven's Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4. The Windermere String Quartet, "Toronto's masters of the genre" of period string quartets (Toronto Star), bring an insightful, deft and affectionate focus to these influential masterpieces, and the musical results are an inspired breath of fresh air.