I have been touting these recordings by the very well established Auryn Quartet in these and other pages since I first encountered them. Tacet is engulfing on a project with the Auryn to present a host of recordings covering a slew of composers, and this is the twentieth volume, number 11 of the 14 dedicated to Haydn. When it is finished it will no doubt be among the finest complete recordings of the Haydn quartets that we have, and easily the best sounding. Master recording engineer and Tacet founder and owner Andreas Spreer makes intelligent decisions about which microphones to use and what placement to engage, always willing to even look to the past if better equipment is available for a particular session and location.
This CD demonstrates the Auryn’s absolute control and understanding of the Haydn idiom - energetic but also luxuriantly able to manage the slow intimate moments that the composer supplies in abundance. If your collection is lacking the Haydn quartets in any number, this is the set to have.