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Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18/3, 74 & 135 / Ysae Quartet

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
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Notes & Reviews:

The Ysaÿe Quartet recently announced that, after enjoying a highly-successful thirty-year performing career, the group would disband in January 2014. To conclude their long partnership, the quartet has scheduled a series of concerts over the next fourteen months focusing primarily on the music of Beethoven. This recording, featuring a quartet from each of Beethoven's major periods, launches the group's celebration of a life in music. The String Quartet No.16 is a fitting valediction to both their career and to this recording, with its famous motivic question, "Must it be?" answered with an emphatic - and positive - affirmation.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The recording sounds like a concert, and the structurally-oriented program notes by Bernard Fournier read like a pre-concert talk. There is even a glossary of musical terms. This recording impresses without intimidating, and invites engagement. It would make a nice gift for someone who has voiced some interest in finally getting around to Beethoven's quartets.

Notes & Reviews:

: Yovan Markovitch.

Recording information: L'Auditorium du Musée d'Orsay.



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3
  • Ensemble: Ysae Quartet
  • Notes: L'Auditorium du Musée d'Orsay (03/29/2008-03/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798-1800
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
  • Notes: L'Auditorium du Musée d'Orsay (03/29/2008-03/30/2008)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Notes: L'Auditorium du Musée d'Orsay (04/19/2008-04/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826
  • Studio/Live: Live