View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Haydn String Quartet

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  • Op. 1

    2 2.08%
  • Op. 2

    3 3.13%
  • Op. 9

    3 3.13%
  • Op. 17

    5 5.21%
  • Op. 20 - "Sun Quartets"

    26 27.08%
  • Op. 33 - "Gli scherzi"

    21 21.88%
  • Op. 42

    3 3.13%
  • Op. 50 - "Prussian Quartets"

    17 17.71%
  • Op. 54/55 - "Tost Quartets" sets 1&2

    6 6.25%
  • Op. 64 - "Tost Quartets" set 3

    7 7.29%
  • Op. 71/74 - "Apponyi Quartets"

    5 5.21%
  • Op. 76 - "Erdödy Quartets"

    58 60.42%
  • Op. 77 - "Lobkowitz Quartets"

    9 9.38%
  • Op. 103

    5 5.21%
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Thread: Favourite Haydn string quartet opus

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    Default Favourite Haydn string quartet opus

    Which is your favourite opus of Haydn string quartets? I like the op. 33 best, because of their wit and clarity. The b minor of the set is possibly my favourite quartet ever written, and they seem so compelling to engage with in general. I especially like this recording of them:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haydn-String...3996893&sr=8-1

    The Casals Quartet play almost all the repeats properly (possibly one of the reasons I like it so much) except for doing some strange things with the scherzi, (like doing the short repeat again second time round). Anyway, it is done with a great deal of energy, and I think they bring out what Haydn wrote very well, avoiding either mechanical playing, or overly Romantic interpretation.

    I haven't included the op.3, because it's spurious, or the Seven Last Words because its just an arrangement. I thought I might as well separate 42, 77 and 103 though for no particularly good reason, and put together obvious sets of six that come in two threes because it was sensible.
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    I enjoy all of the quartets from Op. 20 on. I am particularly fond of the Op. 50 by the Tokyo, and Op. 76 by several ensembles. There's nothing wrong with the Opp. 1,3 and 6 either, except that I think of them as divertimenti. Op. 3 is pleasant on the ear, whoever composed those pieces.
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    I haven't heard them all, but I like three opus from what I have:

    1st: Op. 76 (Fifths, Emperor and Sunrise)
    2nd: Op. 33
    3rd: Op. 2

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    Hard to narrow down my favorites when it comes to the Haydn string quartets, but there's just something about Op. 20 No. 5 that arrests me...I've had the Kodaly recording in rotation recently, and it's near-perfect. And I love the Minuet in No. 4.

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    Agree with Adeodatus that it is hard to choose just a few individual favorites when it comes to a prolific genius like Haydn. However, taken as a whole, the six Op. 20 quartets and the six Op. 76 seem to me to stand apart from the other sets, both in terms of historical importance and seemingly unremitting musical ingenuity.

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    I wouldn't know which would be my favourites as I 'only' have op. 71 onwards, but I wonder if the op. 20 set was the most significant? As much as I enjoy the ones I've got I'm not racing to buy any more, but I'll probably get the op. 50 at some point because of its 'special case' status within Haydn's sq output (plus I like the oratorio version).

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    This is a cruel question. Hard to choose among all of Haydn's incredible string quartets.

    I think that the String Quartet #35 in F Minor, Op. 20 is my favorite of all of them, although only marginally: String Quartet #79 in D, Op. 76 is second. I adore the little bagatelle that is Op. 103; still, the Opus 20 are very mature works.

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    I decided to spend the Christmas season savoring the opus 1 quartets--taking one a day, sitting with the music open and reading through the parts, listening to different versions. I have the Kodaly, the Buchberger, and the Aeolian. The experience was like sipping a cordial. These quartets--which I've tended to pass over in favor of the more mature works--warmed the blood nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and have decided to spend the time before Lent going through the opus 2 quartets.

    Opus 1, No. 3, in particular, causes me to smile--especially that zippy little presto at the end. It goes so fast, it's hard to even read along! Delightful!
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    If I had to pick one movement out of all of Haydns quartets (I hope I never have to do it) it would be the beautiful slow movement of the op76#5

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    Quartetfore, that is among my favorite quartets, the slow movement especially: enchanting and touching.

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Vitamin C ripped off the first bars of the Adagio Cantabile movement from Haydn's String Quartet #32 in D Minor, Op. 43 for their "Graduation (Friends Forever)"?

    Favorite slow movements: Adagio from String Quartet #29 in G, Op. 17/5; Adagio from String Quartet #35 in F Minor, Op. 20/5; Adagio ma non troppo from String Quartet #68 in B Minor, Op. 64/2; but my absolute favorite is the heart-wrenching Adagio Cantabile from String Quartet #70 in D, Op. 71/2.

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    Gonna have to think about this one. I generally have stronger feelings about his quartets than I do his earlier symphonies, and yet I don't know them on the whole as well, somehow...

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    Am I alone in enoying all the neat nicknames? I mean, the "Frog", the "Razor", and so forth. Gotta love it!


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    I love the "Razor" quartet, and the "Fifths"! Names are fun.

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    I had to vote for op. 76 because it introduced me to Haydn's great quartet writing. But I love all of his quartets, you can find wonderful details in each one. Yesterday I received Op. 33 (Buchberger quartet) in the mail and I love how it's interpreted here. I like Op. 62 No. 2 in B minor as well as the 'original', Op. 33 No. 1 in B minor. I agree about the beautiful largo of Op. 76 no. 5, absolutely amazing. But don't get me started here, there's just so much greatness!

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    Which opus contains the most contrapuntal writing?

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