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Vermont Festival's Southern Exposure
Washington Post, February 21, 2009

Musicians from Marlboro II
Augustin Hadelich and Karina Canellakis, violins; Sebastian Krunnies, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Freer Gallery of Art

Haydn, String Quartet in E-flat, op. 64, no. 6 (.PDF file)
The first movement's sonata-allegro form is more or less monothematic, with the first (m. 1) and second themes (m. 25) beginning alike. In the development (m. 46), Haydn turns to quasi-Baroque devices to develop the thematic idea, layering the instruments on top of one another, blending it with suspensions. Dicing up the little dotted-note tag from the end of the first theme, passed around among the instruments, he sets up a false recapitulation, bringing back the theme in the flat VI (m. 84). Swirling back through other keys, Haydn then prepares a big cadence on G major, as if he were going to recapitulate in C major, only to abruptly shift back to the home key (m. 98).

For some reason, the musicians in this performance treated the eighth notes in the rewrite, starting in m. 103, as dotted notes inégales. They also did something unusual in the third movement, lengthening it by making an additional repeat from m. 52 back to the beginning of the Trio, then repeating the Menuetto, and then performing the entire Trio and Menuetto again. These differences may be due to a different edition: I have not checked to see how the work appears in the Haydn-Institut Werke.

Kodály, Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7
Brahms, Clarinet Quintet, op. 115


tigesgirl said...

Did anyone attend this concert? I'm surprised there are only technical notations here, nothing on the playing.
The group played the same concert on Sunday in Boston at the Gardner Museum.
Hadelich's brilliantly executed and expressive rendition of the Kodaly brought this normally staid crowd to its feet, with many bravos. The entire performance reinforces my view that he is one of the very brightest young musicians on the international scene.

Charles T. Downey said...

@T -- My review was actually published by the Washington Post, and you have to follow the first link above (the title of the article) to go to it. I guess I need to make that clear in the future.