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    anyone heard them? I am reading good things about them and am considering getting several of Haydns string quartets by them.

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    I have their Haydn quartets Opus 20. They play on period instruments and are very good IMO.

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    does period instrumentation make that much of a difference?

    I mean, harpschord /piano ok, thats quite a difference.. but does is it really obvious on these quartets pieces?

    I just ordered 3 of them. Ops. 76, 77, & 33, none of which I have yet. Excited to get them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPR View Post
    does period instrumentation make that much of a difference?

    I mean, harpschord /piano ok, thats quite a difference.. but does is it really obvious on these quartets pieces?

    I just ordered 3 of them. Ops. 76, 77, & 33, none of which I have yet. Excited to get them...
    It makes a difference, but obviously not much as with harpsichord vs piano. But judge for yourself...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ8Le_oQfgQ

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    Wooohoo!

    Nice. thats a good sample - and it is *very* good.

    I tell you there is nothing better than hearing a piece of music for the first time that is as pleasing as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    I have their Haydn quartets Opus 20. They play on period instruments and are very good IMO.
    Snap, I also have that set, excellent, I love hearing performances on period instruments, more earthy if you know what I mean

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    Nice.

    I just received a few of the Mosaiques Hayden quartets... OP.s 76, 77 & 33



    I have just started listening to them last night.... all I can say is 'wow'. They sound very nice and are very well played.

    This aside from the fact that I have not heard OP 76 before, and after hearing the first 2 of them (#'s 1 & 5), I just love them. This has got to be one of haydns best quartet sets. I have completely fallen in love with op76/#5 and have listend to that one half a dozen times already. It is an amazing piece of work.

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    I really like op. 76.
    I listened to a recording of this quartet playing some beethoven and the recording was a little noisy: as in a bit of room noise and such. I got the feeling the mic-ing was maybe a little unorthodox. Did you notice that at all on the Haydn CD's? The Beethoven i heard was on the Naive label i think

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    Largo and Sunrise are "classic", I heard these for many years already. Glad you enjoy Haydn, I plan to get some of Kodaly's complete Haydn SQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliot View Post
    I really like op. 76.
    I listened to a recording of this quartet playing some beethoven and the recording was a little noisy: as in a bit of room noise and such. I got the feeling the mic-ing was maybe a little unorthodox. Did you notice that at all on the Haydn CD's? The Beethoven i heard was on the Naive label i think
    Yes. I did notice a little of that. However, a very little.

    Normally, that is something that will immediately turn me off a recording, but it is not bad on this. I have only listened so far to op 76 and not tested the others. I also think your comment about unortodox mic placement etc may be correct. Perceptive of you.

    Overall though - they are still very nicely done. I have some other Haydn quartets by Endellion, Medici, etc... and the Mosaiques may be my favorite from what little I have heard.

    Its always a pleasant surprise for me (and a relief) to find performers I like.

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