Haydn: String Quartets Op 76
performed from the Longman, Clementi & Co (London) and Artaria (Vienna) editions published in 1799

The summit of Haydn’s quartet-writing, and of the classical string quartet medium itself. The ‘Emperor’, ‘Fifths’ and ‘Sunrise’ may be the best known of the six—as so often with those works by Haydn which have nicknames—but the others are every bit their equal.

CDA68335  153 minutes 19 seconds (2 discs)
‘In Nos 5 and 6, Haydn even abandons the traditional sonata form for his opening allegros, shifting the expressive weight in each work to the slow second movement. It is in these—harmonically adventur ...
‘Here we have some of the greatest, most formally innovative, inventive and deeply felt string quartets ever composed, delivered by a quartet of players of faultless intonation, unanimity and blend, w ...
The Daily Telegraph