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Track(s) taken from CDA67109

String Quartet in A flat major, Op 44 No 3


Salomon Quartet
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


'The performances are superb, with neat, exciting playing … this disc cannot be recommended too highly' (Early Music Review)

'I enjoyed this release: it is quite a treat for the curious listener' (International Record Review)

‘Sheer delight. Anyone who enjoys Haydn should find himself happily at home in these works’ (Crisis, USA)
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

Sis dans la tonalité relativement insolite de la bémol, le Quatuor à cordes op. 44 no 3 s’ouvre sur une invention thématique digne de Haydn, mais cette parenté ne dure que treize mesures – une brièveté caractéristique de la musique de Gyrowetz et qui lui valut, à l’époque, certaines critiques. La lyrique mélodie d’ouverture de l’Adagio introduit un mouvement dont l’atmosphère douce est bien préservée, même si, après le Menuetto, l’œuvre se clôt par un finale équestre animé, au rythme de galop.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Melville-Mason © 2000
Français: Hypérion

Das Quartett Op. 44 Nr. 3 steht in der relativ unüblichen Tonart As-Dur und beginnt mit thematischen Einfällen, die eines Haydn würdig wären, sich aber nach dreizehn Takten auf ungewohnteres Territorium begeben, was ihm seinerzeit einige Kritik einbrachte. Die lyrische Eröffnungsmelodie des Adagio leitet einen Satz ein, dessen sanfte Stimmung durchweg aufrechterhalten wird; im Anschluß an das Menuett wird das Werk von einem regen, in reiterlichem Rhythmus dahertrottenden Finale abgerundet.

aus dem Begleittext von Graham Melville-Mason © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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