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Haydn, Quartets 33 & 42 Festetics Quartet 2CD Brand new item

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String Quartets, Opp. 33 & 42
Quatuor Festetics
Arcana A 414
144:55 mins (2 discs)

The release completes the Festeticss well-received Haydn cycle, and will be widely welcomed Bayan Northcottt

The Festetics Quartet performs on period instruments with special regard for historical performance practices; it combines the technique of using original instruments with the legendary tradition of Hungarian string quartets. The Quartet is named after an important Hungarian family, the Festetics, who founded the famous Helikon music library. It is at present the only string quartet of its kind in Central Europe. The repertoire of the Festetics includes the string quartets by Haydn and Mozart as well as the early works by Beethoven and Schubert. Since Haydn spent a large portion of his life in Hungary and was particulary attracted to "verbunkos", the Quartet has a special affinity with Haydns music and likes to consider it part of the Hungarian musical heritage. The Festetics have extensively studied Haydns original quartet manuscripts, and have relied heavily on noted Haydn scholar Lszl Somfai in their search for the most "authentic" way of performing the quartets. Also of great interest to the Quartet is performing the works of lesser known 18th century Hungarian composers and the best of Hungarian "verbunkos" music.

"Tuning, balance and blend are impeccable; vibrato is not avoided, but used to specific expressive or colouristic effect. Those who hanker for a combination of the clarity of the best 'period' playing, with the warmth of the Hungarian tradition will find it here." BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ****

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