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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74 ()

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74 - Takács String Quartet
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  1. String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74/1, H. 3/72
  2. String Quartet No. 58 in F major, Op. 74/2, H. 3/73
  3. String Quartet No. 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74
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The Takács Quartet, Hungarian but now resident in the U.S., takes string quartet playing back to its basics here, and does so transcendently (paradoxical as that may sound). You may find the playing a bit neutral at first, with Haydn's more dancelike rhythms rendered straightforwardly, but keep listening: each movement is a carefully polished jewel, with each instrument making up a set of perfectly sharp facets. This is the string quartet not just as dialogue but as true ensemble, with the dialogue shifting as Haydn's ...

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Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 74 2011, Hyperion

UPC: 034571177816

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