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Str Qrts Op64 1-3
|1. String quartet in C, Op. 64 No. 1|
|2. String quartet in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2|
|3. String quartet in B flat, Op. 64 No. 3|
The Lindsays are unstoppable, combining busy concert schedules with a ceaseless stream of recordings: Haydn: String Quartets Op.64 Nos 1, 2 and 3 brings them one step closer to a complete collection by this master. If you like your Haydn immaculately polished, the Emerson Quartet will fit your bill better. But if you prefer your Haydn chamber music to be redolent of the country where it was first conceived and performed, the Lindsays are your bag. There are moments in these new recordings where you can almost imagine the mud on the players' boots, so strongly rooted is their timbre. Their minuets have gusto, their prestos hurtle and when Haydn demands high seriousness they deliver that in spades. Moreover, when the score calls for breath to be held, and for long lines of slow melody to sound, the Lindsays obey with delicate plangency. There are many moments to savour here, from the surprises in the minuet of the third quartet, to the way the colour changes form from bar to bar--like clouds chasing each other across the sky--in the opening movement of the second. --Michael Church
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I’m a qualified fan of the Amadeus Quartet. When Norbert Brainin, Lord of Wobble, is having a bad day – say, the Seven Last Words of Christ – it's unlistenable. I’ve revised my opinion of it in Opus 64: now, it's my favourite ahead of the Mosaiques, Tatrai and Kodaly Quartets. Why so? Their ecstasy is sui generis. One stands with Haydn on the terraces of the fairy-tale castle, warmed by a vernal breeze from the south, as the Real is glimpsed and makes all things new.
The Lindsay Quartet is superb in the opening three masterpieces of Opus 64 – I cannot fault it. All the attributes of great string quartet playing, backed by a fine recording, are present. Nevertheless it doesn’t match the visionary fervour of the Amadeus Quartet. It’s wrong to say that this is a glorified supplement: it’s better than that. But why settle for a lesser state of being?
33 "Bird Quartet" with opus 64/5 "The Lark'. "Bird" may be Haydn's happiest quartet, but it is not quite as accomplished as " the Lark" (and opus 76/4 "The Sunrise," another quartet
depicting triumphant ascent. This sextet is characterized by consistent inspiratiom and sunniness, though 64/2 is in B Minor and adumbrates the D Minor Quinten quartet opus 76/2. The opus 76 set is Haydn's greatest, with two sets of three quartets each followig the opus 64s: opus 71 and opus 74. As usual the Lindasys' Haydn is beyond excellences. They observe
more repeats than the Amadeus Quartet in their very fine readings, a practice which I consider an asset because one can savor the music a little longer.