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Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets - Nos. 7-9, Op. 59/1-3 "Razumovsky"; String Quartet, Op. 74 "Harp" & Op. 95 "Serioso" / Cypress String Quartet

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  1. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1 “Rasumovsky”: I. Allegro
  2. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1 “Rasumovsky”: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1 “Rasumovsky”: III. Adagio molto e mesto
  4. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1 “Rasumovsky”: IV. Allegro (Thème russe) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2 “Rasumovsky”: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2 “Rasumovsky”: II. Molto Adagio
  7. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2 “Rasumovsky”: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2 “Rasumovsky”: IV. Finale. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3 “Rasumovsky”: I. Introduzione. Andante con moto – Allegro vivace
  10. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3 “Rasumovsky”: II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3 “Rasumovsky”: III. Menuetto grazioso – Trio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3 “Rasumovsky”: IV. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp”: I. Poco Adagio – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp”: II. Adagio ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp”: III. Presto – Piu presto quasi prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 “Harp”: IV. Allegretto con variazioni $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Serioso”: I. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Serioso”: II. Allegretto ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Serioso”: III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 “Serioso”: IV. Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartets for Strings (3) ("Razumovsky"), Op. 59
>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"
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Notes & Reviews:

Following three acclaimed releases for AVIE surveying works by Dvo?rak, Schubert, and contemporary Americans, the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet turns to the seminal string quartets of Beethoven, performing the five quartets from the composer's middle period. Formed in 1996, the Cypresses added Beethoven to their repertoire early on. Their signature sound, which is clear and transparent, built up from the bottom register and layered like a pyramid, lends itself beautifully to the Middle String Quartets. Throughout the 2014/15 season, the Cypress String Quartet's international performance itinerary includes Beethoven's quartets, as well as other repertoire from their AVIE recordings.

Stereophile
Arresting clarity of sound ... this young quartet is among the most impressive I have heard ... [combining] the utmost scrupulousness and seriousness with a sense of discovery.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
In short, this is an excellent set, a good choice if you want a direct, fairly straightforward approach to the quartets - a quality I'm calling "American". The other approach can be found in several groups, such as the Kodaly, Italiano, and Gewandhaus. Sound here is very clear.

International Record Review, March 2015
These accounts afford helpful alternative insights into these works, and the Cypress plays with commendable skill and verve... their playing is always fastidiously attentive to every detail of phrasing and dynamics, and their unanimity of attack and instrumental blend seems faultless.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartets for Strings (3) ("Razumovsky"), Op. 59
  • Ensemble: Cypress String Quartet
  • Notes: 05/16/2013-05/18/2013; 08/09/2013-08/11/2013; 12/17/2013-12/20/2013
  • Running Time: 105 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
  • Notes: 07/01/2014-07/03/2014
  • Running Time: 30 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
  • Notes: 12/17/2012-12/19/2012
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810