Haydn: String Quartets, opus 50

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Quatuor Zaïde
101:06 (2 CDs in a wallet)
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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile the Quatuor Zaïde are not HIP specialists, their approach to Haydn’s music is utterly “authentic”; they do not “tone down their normal style” to fit the music, they simply get under Papa Haydn’s skin and throw caution to the wind in getting all his energy and wit, as well as the depth and pathos, and conveying it all beautifully to their audience.

[Video in French]

The balance between the four instruments – which is one of the many joys of this quartet – is perfectly captured by the recording team. If you do not know these six fabulous quartets, I cannot think of a finer introduction.

Brian Clark