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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartets

New Budapest Quartet
8CDs Deleted
Originally issued on CDA66401/8
Recording details: Various dates
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Various engineers
Release date: November 1999
Total duration: 511 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: Der Watzmann (1824/5) by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
National Gallery, Berlin
 
String Quartet in F major Op 18 No 1  [30'31]
CD1
1
Allegro con brio  [10'02]
2
3
4
Allegro  [6'35]
String Quartet in G major Op 18 No 2  [23'45]
5
Allegro  [7'25]
6
7
Scherzo: Allegro  [4'32]
8
String Quartet in D major Op 18 No 3  [23'17]
CD2
9
Allegro  [7'27]
10
Andante con moto  [7'52]
11
Allegro  [3'06]
12
Presto  [4'52]
String Quartet in C minor Op 18 No 4  [24'33]
13
14
15
16
Allegro  [4'30]
String Quartet in B flat major Op 18 No 6  [26'23]
17
Allegro con brio  [6'25]
18
19
Scherzo: Allegro  [3'28]
20
String Quartet in A major Op 18 No 5  [28'17]
CD3
21
Allegro  [6'35]
22
Menuetto  [5'28]
23
24
Allegro  [6'25]
String Quartet in F major Op 59 No 1  [38'34]
25
Allegro  [9'54]
26
27
28
String Quartet in E minor Op 59 No 2  [35'09]
CD4
29
Allegro  [10'15]
30
Molto adagio  [11'28]
31
Allegretto  [7'59]
32
Finale: Presto  [5'27]
String Quartet in C major Op 59 No 3  [30'59]
33
34
35
36
Allegro molto  [6'09]
String Quartet in E flat major 'Harp' Op 74  [30'22]
CD5
37
38
39
40
String Quartet in C sharp minor Op 131  [39'11]
41
42
43
Allegro moderato  [0'54]
44
45
Presto  [5'19]
46
47
Allegro  [6'34]
String Quartet in F minor 'Serioso' Op 95  [20'49]
CD6
48
Allegro con brio  [4'49]
49
50
51
String Quartet in A minor Op 132  [42'16]
52
53
54
55
56
String Quartet in B flat major Op 130  [40'55]
CD7
57
58
Presto  [2'00]
59
60
61
62
Finale: Allegro  [9'09]
63
Grosse Fuge in B flat major Op 133  [14'29]
String Quartet in E flat major Op 127  [37'29]
CD8
64
65
66
67
Finale  [6'29]
String Quartet in F major Op 135  [24'23]
68
Allegretto  [5'56]
69
Vivace  [3'29]
70
71

Reviews

'Fine performances, always intelligent, with many considerable insights … perfect intonation and excellent ensemble and tonal blend, with first-class Hyperion recording' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

‘Very fine … I enjoyed these performances because they deliver Beethoven as I want him, free of the biographical sensationalism. Highly recommended, not least for its super-budget price’ (CD News)

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