Haydn String Quartet Op. 20 No. 4
The Australian Haydn Ensemble followed their acclaimed debut album with a new studio of recording of Haydn’s early string quartet, Op.20 No.4.
This quartet is one of a set composed in 1772, nicknamed the ‘Sun’ quartets because of the picture of a rising sun on the cover of an early edition. It was these works which earned Haydn his reputation as ‘the father of the quartet’, re-defining the quartet for centuries to come and placing it firmly amongst the most popular musical forms. In Haydn’s hands, the quartet becomes an equal and dynamic dialogue between four musical voices, reaching a new depth of expression.
The Australian Haydn Ensemble has rapidly developed a reputation as a leading interpreter of classical repertoire in styles and on instruments the composers would have known. The ensemble has been praised for their “ravishing sound” by the Sydney Morning Herald and named as “one of Australia’s finest period ensembles” by Limelight, who also selected their debut album The Haydn Album as Editor’s Choice. The Haydn Album also reached number one in the ARIA Classical Charts when it was released by ABC Classics in July 2016.
HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op.20 No.4
I. Allegro di molto
II. Un poco Adagio affettuoso
III. Minuetto: Allegretto alla zingarese
IV. Presto scherzando
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Skye McIntosh violin
Matthew Greco violin
James Eccles viola
Anthony Albrecht cello
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