The Chilingirian Quartet, Mozart: The String Quartets dedication to Haydn Vol. 1

Gavin Borchert

By Gavin Borchert

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Who wrote the Haydn quartets?

Acknowledging that Haydn was the great master of the form, Mozart dedicated a set of six quartets to him, now somewhat confusingly known as the "Haydn" quartets (a question on every grad-school music history exam: "Who wrote the 'Haydn 'quartets?"). The two on this disc are the first two in the set; the elegant geniality of the G major, with its zippy, fugue-like finale, makes a nice contrast to the dark, heartfelt pathos of the D minor. The Chilingirian Quartet brings the latter a special melancholy.