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Beethoven: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Op. 59/1-3 "Razumovsky"; Op. 74 "Harp"; Op. 95 "Serioso" / Quatuor Alcan

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "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"
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Alcan String Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary with a landmark three-volume recording of the complete cycle of Beethoven's 16 string quartets. Volume 1, containing the 6 quartets from Beethoven's early period, was released last November. Volume 2 will be on the shelves on February 10, 2015 and volume 3 will be available in April. The Alcan Quartet - violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis - is active in Canada and internationally. The quartet's originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its success. Both on stage and in the recording studio, the Alcan Quartet possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and an elegant style.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Alcan Quartet, which takes its name from the multi-national aluminum company Rio Tinto Alcan, is now completing its 25th season; they are based in Chicoutimi, Quebec, which is about 100 miles north of Quebec City and home of the University of Quebec. The players seem to embrace their Canadian home happily, as the booklet cover shows them trudging through snow, instruments in hand. This is the middle installment of their recording of Beethoven's quartets.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget Saint-Iryénée (Q (03/2011); Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget Saint-Iryénée (Q (05/2008); Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget Saint-Iryénée (Q (12/2009); Salle Françoys-Bernier, Domaine Forget Saint-Iryénée (Q (12/2011).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky"
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Alcan
  • Running Time: 78 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky"
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Alcan
  • Running Time: 31 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Alcan
  • Running Time: 30 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Alcan
  • Running Time: 20 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1810