Haydn: Six Quartets

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Label: Bridge Records
Catalog: BRIDGE9326A/B
Format: CD

Daedalus Quartet

Composed by: Franz Joseph Haydn
Six Quartets, Op. 20, Hob. III, 31-36

Daedalus Quartet performs Haydn's six revolutionary Op. 20 "Sun" quartets. These six quartets, composed in 1772, were among the most influential quartets of their era. Before embarking on his own first (Op. 18) String quartets, Beethoven studied the scores of Haydn's six masterpieces, copying them out and scoring the first quartet for string orchestra.

Writing of the Daedalus's Haydn, /New York Times /chief music critic, Anthony Tommassini stated: "the excellent Daedalus Quartet, in residence at Columbia University, opened the season by playing Haydn's Quartet Op. 20, No. 2, one of the six "Sun" Quartets from that opus. The performance was insightful and vibrant. Hearing such an excellent, up-close performance made this Haydn piece seem even more monumental."

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