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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 3 - Quartets Op. 18 & Op. 59/1; Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 / Quartetto di Cremona

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky"
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
In Quartet 4, an enthusiastic, dramatic affair from early in Beethoven's career. The playing is sharply articulate, enthusiastic, and somewhat Haydnesque - in other words, a fine, outgoing, "young" performance. Quartet 7 (Razoumovsky 1) is nicely done - standard tempos with fine control of the many exposed places. I was particularly pleased that when called for, their playing can be very quiet. As for Quartet 16, the Grosse Fuge, the piece seems to be overwhelming in its intellect and emotion.

Beethoven frequently aroused incomprehension amongst contemporaries with his late quartets, but never more so than with the "Great Fugue" - originally the Quartet Op. 130 finale. The Quartetto di Cremona have made the monumental Fugue Op. 133 the centerpiece of the third volume of their Complete Beethoven String Quartets recording series, flanked by the Op. 18 and the Op. 59/1. Formed in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona are internationally renowned for their "extremely mature and lyrical sound" - Strad

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino (06/03/2013-06/05/2013).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
  • Ensemble: Quartetto di Cremona
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky"
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino (06/03/2013-06/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806