Doric’s Wigmore performance with Haydn opus 64

The Doric String Quartet has recently released a new CD Haydn’s opus 64 and performed the 2nd instalment of the Opus 64 cycle 2 weeks ago in Wigmore Hall. Here’s an excerpt from the Sunday Times:

Sunday Times, Sunday March 11, 2018
Paul Driver

“When, on my next visit to the hall, the Dorics sat conventionally on the same small platform and, with affable refinement, embarked on their succinct Haydn programme, I was freshly struck by the satisfying effect of the time-honoured arrangement. Everything signified and was right. The playing was not much less virtuosic than previously, but discreetly so — flamboyant when called for, but not otherwise; vibrato sparing but beautiful; ensemble impeccable — a true togetherness. Donat’s observations, for instance, on Haydn’s intriguing use of double reprises in the recapitulation sections of his Op 64 first movements could be borne out by the ear, and profitably, when there were no distractions for the eye. One marvellous utterance followed another.”

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