Magazine article Gramophone

Papa Haydn Celebrated

Magazine article Gramophone

Papa Haydn Celebrated

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Aficionados of the art of string quartet-playing on disc have for years been waiting for an intelligently planned and well-transferred reissue of the Haydn recordings that the Schneider Quartet made between 1951 and 1954 for the Haydn Society. So Music & Arts' beautifully produced set, which provides just that, is in many respects an answer to a prayer. Rival mono multidisc Haydn quartet collections of note are restricted to the spruce Pro Arte Quartet (pre-war, HMV) and the Konzerthaus Quartet (post-war, Preiser) but the Schneider line-up, although stylistically quite different to either, is supremely accomplished, their approach lyrical, robust and appreciative of Haydn's very individual brand of humour. Forty-eight works are covered, including a first release of two movements from Op 64 No 1, compiled from an unedited mastertape.

The violinists Alexander Schneider and Isidore Cohen are joined by viola player Karen Tuttle and cellist Madeline Foley (pupils, respectively, of William Primrose and Casals), though many quartets feature cellist Herman Busch, who will have played a number of the pieces with the great ensemble bearing his family's name. …

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