and Haydn was nearly at his in the opus 64 Quartets. His last 2.5 quartets-opus 77/1 and 2 and the unfinished opus 103 are late and wonderful works, but the six opus 64 are truly glorious-inventive, extremely lyrical and quite uplifting in their happiness. They remind me most of Haydn's opus 33 Quartets, only more complex and inventive . Compare the opus
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.