Haydn - String Quartets opp. 42 & 77, Seven Last Words | Hyperion CDA68410

Haydn - String Quartets opp. 42 & 77, Seven Last Words


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68410

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th April 2023



Haydn's Seven Last Words – heard here in the composer's own arrangement for string quartet – is simply sublime, and a fitting testimonial to the composer's deep, enduring faith

It provides an apt and generous coupling for the two magnificent Op.77 Quartets, Haydn's final complete contribution to the string quartet genre.

"Some of the greatest, most formally innovative, inventive and deeply felt string quartets ever composed, delivered by a quartet of players of faultless intonation, unanimity and blend." – BBC Music Magazine (CDA68335)

"There are moments where it's really stunning and I don't think it could have been done quite so well in any other way...wonderful stuff." – BBC Record Review (CDA68230)


As well as the buoyancy and silvery quality of the LHQ’s vibrato-light playing, there’s a real sense of invention – of making music afresh – with a questioning, almost improvisatory quality to the great ascending violin solo at the climax of Op. 77 No. 2’s slow movement.
Gramophone June 2023
There is a wonderful immediacy about the London Haydn Quartet’s playing here, complemented by superb recorded sound. The ensemble’s period instruments, gut strings and considered stylistic approach offer plenty of colour and contrast.
BBC Music Magazine

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