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Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, 1-3 / Jerusalem String Quartet

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  1. Beethoven — String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: I. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Beethoven — String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: II. Andante con moto $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Beethoven — String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: III. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Beethoven — String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: IV. Presto $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Beethoven — String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: I. Allegro con brio $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Beethoven — String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Beethoven — String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto - Trio $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Beethoven — String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: IV. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Beethoven — String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: I. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Beethoven — String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Beethoven — String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: III. Scherzo $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Beethoven — String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Beethoven — String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: I. Allegro ma non tanto $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Beethoven — String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: II. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Beethoven — String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: III. Menuetto. Allegro - Trio $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Beethoven — String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: IV. Allegretto $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Beethoven — String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: I. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Beethoven — String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: II. Menuetto - Trio $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Beethoven — String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: III. Andante cantabile $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Beethoven — String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: IV. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Beethoven — String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: I. Allegro con brio $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Beethoven — String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: II. Adagio ma non troppo $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Beethoven — String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: III. Scherzo $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Beethoven — String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: IV. La Malinconia. Allegretto quasi allegro $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
>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 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
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Only now have I learnt how to write quartets properly." So wrote Beethoven in 1801, having just finished his first set of string quartets at the surprisingly advanced age of 30. The competition of Haydn and Mozart must have been intimidating for the young composer. Performed here by the Jerusalem Quartet, these six String Quartets Op.18 already display much boldness and originality, from the dramatic echoes of Romeo & Juliet in No.1, to the astonishing programmatic finale of No.6, "La Malinconia."

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
The Jerusalem's Fourth Quartet is a particular highlight, from the irresistably characterful viola-playing, a first-movement development full of fire and intensity and a third movement that seems to be paced just right...They capture the very different worlds of each quartet...a triumphant addition to the bulging Beethoven catalogue.

Sunday Times, 6th September 2015
From the lovely, deceptively casual opening of the D major (No 3), placed first in the set and played with captivating ease, you know that the music is in good hands. Throughout, they capture the excitement generated by Beethoven's sheer inventiveness and his conviction that, after much revision, he had - as he said - "learnt how to write quartets properly".

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Some quartets choose to stress the continuity with the recent past, others to dig out signs of things to come. The Jerusalem Quartet strike a particularly fine balance. We are always aware of an assembly of four individuals, engaged in witty conversation, or perhaps something a little closer to arm-wrestling. Yet animated exchange can quickly yield to lyrical sweetness or pathos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (07/2014/12/2014).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
  • Ensemble: Jerusalem String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18/1
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2
  • Running Time: 23 min. 32 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: 23 min. 13 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: 29 min. 23 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: 25 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800