Someone reviewing a string quartet CD on Amazon wrote: The opus 20 string quarters are utterly sublime; there is a balance, a humanity, a humour, a joie de vivre and utter contentedness of being. All this and more. Haydn was a master of the string quartet and, in my view, he surpasses Mozart and Beethoven. I know this will be heresy for some, but Haydn is a man who is comfortable in his skin and it transmits to the music. Mozarts are a little too studied and serious at times whilst Beethoven appears uncomfortable in his skin and it shows in his great late string quarters….
String Quartet No. 28 in E flat major, Op. 20, No. 1, Hob.III:31 (Sun Quartets)
Haydn Quartet 28 / Affetuoso e sostenuto