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String Quartet in E flat major, Op 9 No 2
composer
c1769; recorded from the 1790 Longman and Broderip edition

Recordings
'Haydn: String Quartets Op 9' (CDA67611)
Haydn: String Quartets Op 9
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Movement 1: Moderato
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Movement 2: Menuetto
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Movement 3: Adagio – Cantabile
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Movement 4: Allegro di molto
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String Quartet in E flat major, Op 9 No 2
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Perhaps the most striking feature of No 2’s opening Moderato is the beautiful harmonic ‘purple patch’ towards the end of the exposition. After the leader has vaulted into the stratosphere, motion is suddenly suspended as the music darkens from B flat major (the dominant of the home key, E flat), through B flat minor, to a haunting, pianissimo G flat, before B flat is re-asserted with a flurry of skittering triplets. With its chromatic inner lines, the minuet is the suavest and, to our ears, the most ‘Mozartian’ in the Op 9 quartets. A few years later Haydn reused its theme as the basis of a set of keyboard variations. The rhapsodic opening of the C minor Adagio sounds like a keyboard improvisation transcribed for strings. Then, with a change to triple metre, the leader spins a sorrowful song, like an opera seria aria translated into instrumental terms. The finale’s catchy, syncopated subject turns up at the start of the development with a witty exchange of roles (the syncopations now in the cello), and then re-enters after just eight bars in the home key of E flat. But what initially seems to be one of Haydn’s ‘false recapitulations’ turns out to be the real thing after all, duly celebrated in a bout of gleeful repartee for all four instruments.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2007

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Details for CDA67611 disc 2 track 3
Adagio – Cantabile
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-61115
Duration
4'26
Recording date
2 February 2007
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, Deptford, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
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    Release date: October 2007
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