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Beethoven: Late String Quartets / Wihan String Quartet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor ("Heiliger Dankgesang"), Op. 132
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
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Notes & Reviews:

The Wihan Quartet, formed in 1985, is heir to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet's outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic, and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged. They have developed an impressive international career, which includes visits to major festivals in Europe and the Far East. They visit the US and Japan regularly, and have led highly acclaimed tours of Australia and New Zealand. They are frequent visitors to the UK, and can often be heard on BBC Radio 3 as well as in concert at many venues throughout the country.

Gramophone Magazine
Op 131 is particularly successful, its success embodied in the variations that comprise of the fourth movement Andante ma non troppo. Here interpretative insight, ensemble expertise and fine dynamic shading come together most convincingly.

Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times
These are richly rewarding readings of Beethoven's late quartets, recorded live in Prague, the Wihan Quartet's home city, last year. The group makes a meaty, full sound, and their vision of each work carries with it the insight of long, deep mutual experience - the quartet's personnel has, unusually, remained consistent for more than two decades. The slow movements are at the heart of their performances. The 19-minute molto adagio of Op 132 in A minor is achingly intense and beautifully controlled, and here asks all the right questions. We're promised the middle and early quartets before the year is out. I can't wait.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
  • Notes: Convent of St Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic (11/08/2007/12/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823-1824
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Notes: Convent of St Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic (11/08/2007/12/06/2007)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 2. Presto
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 3. Andante con moto, ma non troppo
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 4. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 :: 5. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor ("Heiliger Dankgesang"), Op. 132
  • Notes: Convent of St Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic (01/17/2008/02/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Notes: Convent of St Agnes, Prague, Czech Republic (01/17/2008/02/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826
  • Studio/Live: Live