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Pražák Quartet: Haydn – The Last Three String Quartets (24/96 FLAC)

Pražák Quartet: Haydn - The Last Three String Quartets (24/96 FLAC)

Pražák Quartet: Haydn – The Last Three String Quartets (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Pražák Quartet
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Praga
Catalogue: PRD250420
Release: 2021
Size: 1.06 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major
01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Adagio
03. III. Minuet. Presto – Trio
04. IV. Finale. Presto

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 2 in F major
05. I. Allegro moderato
06. II. Minuet. Presto – Trio
07. III. Andante
08. IV. Finale. Vivace assai

String Quartet, Op. 103 in D minor
09. I. Andante grazioso
10. II. Minuet ma non troppo presto – Trio

In 1799, Haydn set out to compose a series of six quartets dedicated to Prince Lobkowitz, Beethoven’s future patron. The Quartets, Op. 77 No. 1 and No. 2 are the first results of this great project. Busy with the composition of The Seasons and the Harmoniemesse, Haydn did not manage to complete this work, but at his death he nonetheless left two movements of a third unfinished quartet, Op. 103. Daring and full of humour, these last three quartets constitute the magnificent farewell of the old master, then in the process of making way for his ebullient colleague Beethoven.


This programme, marking the passing of the baton of a compositional generation, pays tribute to the great Pražák Quartet; it is worth recalling that their discography devoted to Haydn has won many awards, and with this recording the Quartet continues the transformation it began in 2015, opening a new chapter in its history.

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