I'll be doing the art work and CD inserts for this and for the Op. 20 post over the next several days, posting them by the weekend. I wanted to make this set of quartets available in the meantime, though. Their wit and good humor can't help by raise one's spirits during the endless winter. I cannot keep from giggling at the pizzicato chords in No. 4 that announce the end of the rollicking good time that the last movement of that quartet presents. Then there is, famously, the joke at the end of No. 2 for which the quartet got its nickname. All and all a group with perhaps less deep emotional engagement than the previous Op. 20, but impeccably crafted employing Haydn's new techniques of thematic development, every one of them thoroughly engaging and shot through with enviable wit.
Wilhelm Kempff - Recital Bach
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