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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Quartets, Op. 18/1; Op. 131 / Quartetto di Cremona

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
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Notes & Reviews:

For the fourth time, the Quartetto di Cremona embark on a journey of the almost impervious cosmos of Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartets. This time, they have chosen two works forming a portal within the quartet writing of this composer who had made Vienna his home. Beethoven had opened his Op. 18 set with the Quartet in F major, written in 1798/99 at the behest of his patron and friend, Prince Lobkowicz. Despite the mellifluous, pastoral key, the music draws a long line from the brilliantly crafted first and last movements to the dark hues of the Adagio , apparently inspired by the tomb scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet . Even within the framework of the traditional form, Beethoven's quartet debut achieves a maximum of moods and stylistic variety. Beethoven's Quartet Op. 131 of 1826, generally perceived as a peak within his chamber music, is entirely different. It was written in the shadows of the Ninth Symphony and the Missa solemnis , but appears much more eccentric and "experimental" than these two large-scale works. Seven sections of diverse tone and character are played without breaks in between; a brooding fugue stands alongside a sensitive adagio, a folk tune presto is next to a restless finale. The work was written for the Viennese violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, whose quartet set the professional playing standard for the following hundred years. Schuppanzigh rehearsed Beethoven's Op. 131 painstakingly - without him this music, which was deemed not only unplayable but also "unhearable" by contemporaries, would not exist.

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Recording information: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino, Italy (03/12/2014-03/15/2014).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino, Italy (03/12/2014-03/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino, Italy (03/12/2014-03/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826