18 No. I feel that anyone who truly loves Beethoven's Late Quartets will understand why, I'll do my best to explain. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Leader Edward Dusinberre's book "Beethoven for a Later Age" includes a chapter on the recording sessions, and the quartet's thoughts on several of the quartets. The speed of the dazzling finale of the Razumovsky No. 59 No. 59, 1–3; "Harp" Op. Throw it on when you get home, and when its over you're relaxed and ready to enjoy the evening. 5 - 2. Alla danza tedesca. 11 in F Minor, Op. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2016, Easily the best Beethoven Quartet set available, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 7, 2016. Molto adagio, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Presto, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 59 No. The question facing this release is NOT the quality of the performances, but with the quality of the Blu-ray embodiment, and here I must differ a little from some other reviewers: there is added clarity and depth, but if you already own the CD versions, I have to say that the improvement is not so great that one has to acquire this set; the real value of the trickle of Blu-ray releases is the far greater depth the format gives to analog recordings. Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance: Andrew Keener (producer), Simon Dominic Eadon (engineer) and the Takács Quartet for Beethoven: String Quartets ("Razumovsky" Op. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. And on the evidence of these two discs, this is going to be a very desirable Beethoven cycle. The recorded quality is high, with clarity of placement and full dynamic range naturally conveyed (though cello pizzicatos in the slow movement of the Ninth are perhaps over-prominent). 3 in D Major, Op. Andante cantabile, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro, Digital Booklet: Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Tra le formazioni cameristiche attualmente in attività, le più in sintonia con l’universo beethoveniano sono con ogni probabilità i quartetti Artemis, Takàcs e (forse) Belcea, che hanno raccolto il testimone del Melos e dell’Alban Berg: il Takàcs, in particolare, può considerarsi erede diretto del Melos, e possiede quindi le più lusinghiere credenziali per affrontare i capolavori della seconda maniera, dei quali offre una lettura improntata ad un senso di romanticismo aristocratico, con una timbrica calda e luminosa e un fraseggio ariosamente raffinato, verrebbe da dire cavalleresco. Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2016. 130 - 3. 2 in G Major, Op. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Allegro assai, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Cavatina. I first encountered this ensemble in Indianapolis in a concert hall that by its very physical parameters requires an intimate experience. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2. 131 - 4. What a remaster of a great cycle. Although the latter's presto yields the fastest version of the fate motif Beethoven ever wrote, it is possible to go too quickly, as the Takács does here, making triplets of the first notes, which are not written as such. 1 Haydn: String Quartet in C major, op.33 no.3 (The Bird) 2 Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D810 (Death and the Maiden) 3 Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, op.59 no.1 (Razumovsky) I waited long to add these recordings to my collection as in their 3-volume edition they were very cost prohibitive. Allegro, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 130 - 1. 18 No. There really is so much going on in the interplay between the members of the quartet and the recording is of the highest quality which really bounces the sound between the players. Wonderfully Payed - Top Pick by Penguin Classical CD Guide, Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2014. 5 in A Major, Op. Please try again. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 - 3. 95 'Serioso' Quartet, so I bought this 2-CD set with the Rasumovskys expecting it to be good, and it sure is! 8 in E Minor, Op. 133, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 3 "Rasumovsky No. 59 No. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Più mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 131 - 6. 18 No. 7 in F Major, Op. 15 in A Minor, Op. The discussions are perhaps a little dry (as are the acoustics for these recordings), but informative for those that are interested in learning about the music in a little more depth. Allegretto, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1" - 1. 59 No. 59 No. 1 "Rasumovsky No. 74 "Harp" - 4. Adagio ma non troppo, Beethoven: String Quartet No. If you are looking for a great interpretation and great recording, you found it. Finale. The Takacs had enjoyed nearly 20 years of increasing international success before, in the mid-1990s, Gabor Takacs, their founder and leader, died, to be replaced by Edward Dusinberre; and two years later Roger Tapping became the viola player. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 "Rasumovsky No. 1 in F Major, Op. 3" - 1. 2 "Rasumovsky No. Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro - Adagio - Allegretto - Poco adagio - Prestissimo, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 131 - 5. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2016, This is considered the definitive set of the complete quartets and I agree, this is the one to get, Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2007. Recording was well done. If you have been brought up on Mozart and Haydn chamber music [both of which I love] you will find so much more going on in these quartets and they really demand your undivided attention. Finale. The Tokyo String Quartet plays Beethoven : The Complete String Quartets, Beethoven Around the World: The Complete String Quartets, Bach: Goldberg Variations [4 CD] [Deluxe Edition], Beethoven: String Quartets (Complete ) - Sony Classical Masters, Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets, The Russian Cello: Rare Treasures from Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. 18 No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 1" - 2. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 2" - 3. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 n. 1 o l’Andante del n. 3; ma altissimo è anche il livello d’intensità con cui vengono rese le atmosfere rarefatte e dolenti dei grandi adagi introspettivi dei primi due Rasumovski e – forse ancor più – dell’op. 18 No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 4 in C Minor, Op. 2 - 2. 8 in E Minor, Op. Allegretto ma non troppo, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Perhaps the ultimate compliment is that I found myself listening to what Beethoven was doing with the music, rather than concentrating on the per-formance itself. Assai sostenuto - Allegro, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 is a model of restraint, the playful parts entering from all angles with delightful measured precision, polished and perfect. Thème russe. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Presto, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 2 "Rasumovsky No. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato, Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 15 in A Minor, Op. Please try again. Allegro con brio, Beethoven: String Quartet No. "There is no way this music can be played as well as it is written", or words to similar effect, were uttered about the late quartets. 59 No. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Allegro, Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Major, Op. Beautiful set by great composer and musicians. 11 in F Minor, Op. Allegro molto, quasi presto, Beethoven: String Quartet No. Allegro molto, Beethoven: String Quartet No.