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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67109
Recording details: March 1999
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: November 2000
Total duration: 23 minutes 1 seconds

String Quartet in A flat major, Op 44 No 3
composer
1804

Adagio  [5'46]
Menuetto  [3'41]
Allegro  [7'18]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The String Quartet in A flat major Op 44 No 3 is in the relatively unusual key of A flat and opens with thematic invention worthy of Haydn, but which departs after some thirteen bars along less related paths, a feature of his music which brought him some criticism at the time. The lyrical opening melody of the Adagio introduces a movement whose gentle mood is well sustained throughout while, following the Menuetto, the work is rounded off by a busy, rhythmically lolloping equestrian finale.

from notes by Graham Melville-Mason © 2000

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