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Beethoven: Piano Quartets WoO 36 / New Zealand Piano Quartet

> Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36, No. 3 - I. Allegro vivace
> Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36, No. 3 - II. Adagio con espressione
> Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36, No. 3 - III. Rondo: Allegro
> Piano Quartet in E flat major, WoO 36, No. 1 - I. Adagio assai
> Piano Quartet in E flat major, WoO 36, No. 1 - II. Allegro con spirito
> Piano Quartet in E flat major, WoO 36, No. 1 - III. Theme and variations: Cantabile
> Piano Quartet in D major, WoO 36, No. 2 - I. Allegro moderato
> Piano Quartet in D major, WoO 36, No. 2 - II. Andante con moto
> Piano Quartet in D major, WoO 36, No. 2 - III. Rondo: Allegro

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C major, WoO 36/3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, WoO 36/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in D major, WoO 36/2
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Notes & Reviews:

From the pen of the fifteen-year-old Beethoven, these three piano quartets are among the earliest examples of a chamber music genre that would not reach full maturity until the time of Brahms. Beethoven's path-breaking essays stand beside those of Mozart (NXS 8554274), also dating from the mid-1780s. In them the teenage composer and virtuoso pianist exuberantly explores the relationship between the strings and piano, and would later borrow from them for his 'Piano Sonatas, Op. 2' (NXS 8550150). With this recording the New Zealand Piano Quartet makes its Naxos debut.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C major, WoO 36/3
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Illott Concert Room, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand (12/04/2005-12/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, WoO 36/1
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Illott Concert Room, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand (12/04/2005-12/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1785

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in D major, WoO 36/2
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Illott Concert Room, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand (12/04/2005-12/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1785