The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Release “Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20, Volume 1, Nos. 2, 3 & 5” on Resonus Classics
Fresh from their latest accolade as winners of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the critically lauded Dudok Quartet Amsterdam embark on a new project for Resonus Classics recording Franz Joseph Haydn’s six Op. 20 string quartets.
This first installment of two volumes sees the quartet explore the C major, G minor and F minor quartets. With some of the most celebrated works from the quartet repertoire, the Dudok Quartet relish delving into the monumental and dramatic gestures within Haydn’s highly developed rhetorical style.
Watch a video from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust which was filmed in rehearsal in Amsterdam and in The Hague with bow maker Luis Emilio Rodríguez Carrington.
“Always alert to Haydn’s myriad caprices, they introduce some perfectly placed, sinuous phrasing in the third movement of No 3 in G minor, and real verve and colour in its brilliant allegretto.
There is an elegant poise to the minuet and trio of No 5 in F minor, then aching dignity in the adagio. Quartets 2 and 5 in the Op 20 set end with a fugue, played sotto voce and at breakneck speed, just one of Haydn’s playful innovations so brilliantly captured here by the Dudoks and beautifully recorded.”