The CD set of Schneider Quartet recordings of the Haydn String Quartets has been issued by Music and Arts and is now available for purchase through Music and Arts itself, or through Amazon. I was made aware of this by Jonathan Angel, who I heartily thank for his email informing me of it. His review of the set on Amazon.com just about says it all.
Although my restorations of the files were not used at the end of the day, I take some satisfaction in the fact that the project was started when the late Fred Maroth contacted me after seeing the postings of them on Vinyl Fatigue, and asked me to take on the project. I was in over my head, but I'm very happy the the project was brought to completion by others.The digital restorations by Lani Spahr published in the CD set are an improvement over what I was able to do, and I would urge anyone who loves these recordings to get the CD's. The original recordings were not state of the art for their time, nor were the recorded results consistent across the series. Those limitations are carried into the present, of course, but the performances themselves shine through any sonic limitations, and Lani Spahr has done a good job with what was available to work with. A job well done, and some of the most important and wonderful recordings ever made once again seeing the light of day.
Those of us who love these performances love them without reservation. This is Haydn the way I want to hear it, with all the humor, tenderness, aristocratic refinement and country bawdiness the music contains. There are slow movements here played with a the delicacy and awareness of suffering that can make you weep. And Haydn is one of the few composers who moves me to delighted laughter.
Enjoy this wonderful set!
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