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HAYDN String Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76 No. 5 Hob. III:79
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.8, Op.59, No.2
Rising stars from Germany, the Goldmund play with enormous flair and commitment to the music. The programme includes pieces by three of the greatest composers of string quartets. Haydn’s example is from his late great Op. 76 set, while the Shostakovich is the third of fifteen. That does not make it an early work, however, as he had already composed nine symphonies, and this quartet is a masterpiece in its own right. The Beethoven is the second of the three Rasumovsky quartets, a set which sees the composer moving away from the ‘classical’ style towards the truly unique style of his later works.
"The Goldmunds make a beautiful sound, elegant and transparent, with a real sense that these four players are friends both on and off the concert platform." – Gramophone Magazine, Jan. 2017