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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets [rec. 2000s] / Tokyo String Quartet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18/5
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
>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:

For over forty years, the world-famous Tokyo String Quartet (1969-2013) was at the forefront of chamber music-making and set the standard for small-ensemble performance. With some forty landmark recordings to their name, the quartet's discography culminated in this now legendary final cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets. This elegantly packaged set of Super Audio CDs is offered at a special low price.

Early Music Today, December 2014
[features] the ever brilliant Dominique Visse.

International Record Review, January 2015
The sound of this ensemble is something to marvel at, especially when it has been so beautifully recorded by Harmonia Mundi... these performances are notable for the superlative polish of the playing, and a sense that the music-making can be urgent and exciting without ever feeling rushed.

MusicWeb International, 19th December 2014
These are beautifully articulated performances, imbued with elegance and charm. Tempi, dynamics and phrasing all seem just right... The whole five movements are logically sequenced and integrated into a polished performance of ineffable beauty... rugged, intense and impassioned... what better way to bow out after a 44 year career; it doesn't get much better than this.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
This is among the most successful of Cavalli's operas on disc. Michael Chance makes a splendid Jason, blending heroic gesture with sensuous dalliance. Stylish playing.

Audiophile Audition, 29th September 2014
You can't go wrong with anything in this entire set...It is magnificent, vast yet intimate, missing any extraneous noise, with nary a grunt or even a breath from the musicians. How does the Tokyo String Quartet handle these works? With utmost aplomb, guided by an uncanny degree of inspirational talent.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
  • Ensemble: Tokyo String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 27 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2
  • Running Time: 22 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18/5
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky"
  • Running Time: 40 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky"
  • Running Time: 35 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"
  • Running Time: 30 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
  • Running Time: 30 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
  • Running Time: 20 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810

>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