Haydn String Quartets

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OK, but I do feel describing a quartet is like describing wine or whisky: absolutely useless unless you've tasted yourself. I'll give it a go:

Smell: very good. The new blonde on the viola is definitely adding some much needed freshness to this group that used to present themselves as a bunch of dodgy investment bankers

Palate: The Doric String Quartet manage to dance that fine line between prissy and elegant, and emphatic and forceful. Don't expect a mini string orchestra attacking notes in full force, but equally not the light and elegant Haydn of yesterday. They give the impression every note is thought about and weighed. I only know the Mosaiques' op. 33, so can't compare to them directly, but the Doric's approach doesn't bring them up in my mind. They do share modern sensibilities with the Casals, Jerusalem, Belcea like limited vibrato and phrasing on the dime, but they don't sound like them - there is not much of the Alban Berg Quartett in the Doric. I am currently listening to the Angeles Quartet, which I used to like, but they are frankly completely outclassed by the Doric.

Lingering taste: can't wait for volume 2!

EJ

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Lovely description EJ!

Of course you are right one does need to taste for oneself, but that was a lovely description.

It certainly sounds worth trying to find a way into a Doric tasting before buying a case.  Then, as with all new vintages there's the question of how well they age in the bottle but only time will tell that.

I see that many of the old Tatrai recordings (but not Op.20) are to be heard on Spotify.  I used to love their performances, long ago on LP (not particularly good sound on the LPs at least).

In the meantime I'm lucky to have the Pellegrini set.

Chris

 

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c hris johnson wrote:Jane, I

c hris johnson wrote:

Jane, I tried the Mosaiques disc you mentioned and listened to my favourite Op.77/2 in F.  The faster movements do not worrry me so much but the Andate (taken very slowly) really suffers (for me) with the lack of vibrato, indeed lack of variety of tone.  oddly, though there is a sniff of a portamento!  In my much-loved ABQ recording there is a big portamento in exactly the same place; the repeat of the second part of the andante subject).  I listened to ABQ straight after - of course worlds apart. Probably you would hate it Jane.  It's there on Spotify anyway.

I've been meaning to take my ABQ late Beethoven set to the local charity shop for years, but still haven't managed to get round to it.........far too much vibrato for me. I just had a listen to their Haydn on spotify: not absolutely awful, as I expected - perhaps they toned down the style for him - but not really my cup of tea, either. At the same time, I can see what you mean about the variety of tone in these non-HIP recordings and can certainly understand (though it isn't something I feel) how you might find the Mosaiques a little bleached in comparison. If the ABQ are burnished purples and reds and browns, the Mosaiques are never very far from magnolia.

As for the Pellegrini, they are new to me. I had a listen this morning, briefly, and thought they sounded really superb. I'll have to give them a proper listen soon.......

Haydn's Op.20...more.

I have not been impressed so far by the Doric discs. However, based on the enthusiastic comments by EJ, I might have to give one more try to them. Frankly speaking, I'm not impressed by the Chandos rostrum of Chamber Music, but there can be exceptions.

The problem is that quite a few good ensembles who have tried the Op.20 (Hagen, Lindsays etc.) are not easily available anymore, since they have been for long out of print. The good news is that, in a rare occasion of converging views, even Jane welcome the Pellegrini. That's most welcome, Jane.

Parla

P.S.: For the Op.77, no2, Chris, try to get (I do not think you can stream it) the incredible recording by the Fry String Quartet, on the Japanese IsoMike (SACD). It is rather easily available by the well-known Japanese sites, unfortunately at not at all friendly rates. However, it is a miracle of enginering and strong robust performance.

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c hrs wrote:

my much-loved ABQ...It certainly sounds worth trying to find a way into a Doric tasting

I think this thread is heading towards both Berg und D quartets

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