Comedies, Rondos & Birds

Op. 33 No. 3, C (The Bird) – 2. Scherzando. Allegretto (Trio)
Haydn: String Quartets (complete) – Angeles String Quartet
Angeles String Quartet
Label:Philips
Catalogue No:4646502
Series: Collectors Edition
Discs: 21

Nine years were to elapse after the creative rush of opp. 9, 17 and 20  before Haydn returned to writing string quartets. When he did – in 1781 – it was with a new lightness of style and with his sense of humour to the fore. The ‘serious’, weight-making fugal finales of op. 20 were banished to make way for sparkling, witty rondos, and everywhere there was a new clarity of texture. The composer himself acknowledged this change when he described these quartets as composed auf eine gantz neue besonderer Art (in a new and special way)…

Op. 33 No. 3, C (The Bird) – 4. Rondo: Presto
Haydn: String Quartets (complete) – Angeles String Quartet
Angeles String Quartet
Label:Philips
Catalogue No:4646502
Series: Collectors Edition
Discs: 21

Listen to the whole of Op. 33 No. 2, E-flat (The Joke):

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Op. 33 No. 2 The Joke
Op. 33 No. 3 The Bird

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