Research and development: Opp. 9 & 17

…the moment anything is a success it must be abandoned. If not, it becomes set and closed – unable to teach anything fresh.

John Heilpern: Conference of the Birds
on Peter Brooke’s journey through Africa

I was cut off from the world. There was no-one to confuse or torment me, and I was forced to become original.

Josef Haydn

It’s an enthralling process, experiencing the evolution of one of the significant art forms of Western music at the hands of genius. We have now arrived at the 1760s, ten years or so after the composition of the extremely successful ‘divertimento quartets’ of opp. 1 and 2. Things have begun to change…

Op.9 No.4

Op. 9 No. 4, d – 1. Allegro Moderato
Haydn: The Complete String Quartets – Aeolian String Quartet
Aeolian String Quartet
Int. Release 27 Apr. 2009
22 CDs / Download
CD ADD 0289 478 1267 8 DX 22

For your further listening here are the two first quartets – there are the usual six in each set –of opp. 9 (in C) and 17 (in E)

Header image: Eszterháza,  Fertőd, Hungary


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