Beethoven: Late Quartets / Tokyo Quartet

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>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

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 Tokyo String Quartet completes its acclaimed Beethoven cycle with the composer's valedictory quartets of 1825-26. As he looked ahead to structures and soundworlds then unimagined, and glanced back to the bedrock counterpoint of Western music, Beethoven turned inwards to his well of experience, much of it harsh, from which he drew this music of transcendent power.

"The performance bar for Beethoven's string quartets is very high, and while I shall resist the temptation to say that the Tokyo Quartet, at least in the late quartets, has raised the bar even higher, I will say that these readings are about as high as the bar has thus far risen. This set will not replace other favorites-the Emerson, Berg, Endellion, Alexander, Italiano, Cleveland, and Takács quartets-but it will proudly join them. This gets a five-star recommendation."-Fanfare

Gramophone Magazine
Virtuosity serving profundity? An unlikely concept perhaps but it happens here...It's the shared experience that tells - the dovetailing of the parts, of knowing when to blend or separate, when to assert or comply, all coming together in that tough test, the Grosse Fuge.

The Guardian
The Tokyo Quartet continues to prize beauty of sound and smoothness of articulation above all other musical qualities, and there are few recordings of these works to match the sheer polish and unanimity of ensemble that are on display here.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
  • Running Time: 35 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823-1824

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Running Time: 35 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
  • Running Time: 41 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
  • Running Time: 41 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor ("Heiliger Dankgesang"), Op. 132
  • Running Time: 43 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Running Time: 22 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826