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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 4
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 4

An early and a late string quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven: during the intervening twenty-six years, the composer had turned the traditional understanding of music on its head. In the fourth volume of their recording series of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, the Quartetto di Cremona demonstrate not only the stylistic quantum leap, but also Beethoven’s enormous demands on the musicians’ concentration and technique: a chamber music event. more...

Quartetto di Cremona

Ludwig van Beethoven

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"Restlessness, feverish romanticism and emotional force characterize the Beethoven performances by Quartetto di Cremona. The four Italians are deeply penetrating the composer’s musical thoughts and several times kind of an emotional quake brings the music into ebullition." (Pizzicato) more...

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 début 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.

    American Record Guide
    American Record Guide | November 2015 | Greg Pagel | November 1, 2015

    I get to review Beethoven quartets almost every issue. As much as I lament the fact that great ensembles too seldom record unfamiliar or contemporary…

    Musica 5/5 Sterne
    Musica | N° 269 Settembre 2015 | Stefano Pagliantini | September 1, 2015

    Il suono dei quattro strumenti, catturato magistralmente con un grado di dettaglio di sorprendente vividezza, ha poi una compattezza e una bellezza degna dei maggiori complessi oggi in circolazione.…

    klassik.com Interpretation: 4/5 Sternen
    klassik.com | 31.08.2015 | Sonja Jüschke | August 31, 2015 | source: http://magazin.k...

    Überzeugend auf ganzer Linie

    Die Einspielung ist insgesamt sehr gut gelungen, der bereits sehr positive erste Höreindruck hat sich auch nach mehrmaligem Hören aufs Neue bestätigt. Wer tatsächlich noch keine Aufnahme von Beethovens Streichquartetten hat, sollte definitiv diese SACD-Reihe in die Auswahl mit einbeziehen. … Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen
    dieseRezension leider nicht zeigen!

    http://wrti.org
    http://wrti.org | Jul 31, 2015 | Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak | July 31, 2015 | source: http://wrti.org/...

    Quartetto di Cremona: Tailor-Made Music from Italy

    [...] according to Strad Magazine, the Quartetto di Cremona is "...as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit.” And it's true. [...] Jill speaks with the Quartet's violist, Simone Gramaglia, about their latest CD on the Audite label…

    Musica
    Musica | N° 268 Luglio-Agusto 2015 | Piero Rattalino | July 1, 2015

    Il Quartetto di Cremona ci riesce, in sostanza, e riesce anche a equilibrare i passaggi dal sublime al popolaresco al bizzarro che rendono così singolare, specie poiché si tratta del terzultimo, il Quartetto op. 131.…

    Stereo Audiophiles Highlight
    Stereo | 7/2015 Juli | Marcus Stäbler | July 1, 2015

    Die Streicher aus der Welthauptstadt des Geigenbaus gehen [...] mit einem (typisch italienischen ?) Temperament zur Sache, das den Hörer unmittelbar packt. Umwerfend, wie sich die vier im eröffnenden Allegro gegenseitig befeuern. Im Gesang des anschließenden Adagio sind dann die Leidenschaft und Ergriffenheit, die Beethoven mit der Vortragsbezeichnung „affettuoso ed appassionato“ einfordert, so deutlich zu spüren wie in nur wenigen Einspielungen.…

    BBC Music Magazine Performance 4/5
    BBC Music Magazine | July 2015 | Misha Donat | July 1, 2015

    Here's some tremendously accomplished playing in two works from opposite ends of Beethoven's career as a composer of string quartets. The scurrying…

    hifi & records
    hifi & records | 3/2015 | Uwe Steiner | July 1, 2015

    [...] mich überzeugt die beglückende Musikalität dieser Interpretationen. Auch aufnahmetechnisch hochklassig!…

    Audiophile Audition
    Audiophile Audition | June 28, 2015 | Gary Lemco | June 28, 2015

    Some twenty-six years separate the composition of the two Beethoven string…

    Fono Forum Musik: 5/5 Sternen
    Fono Forum | Juni 2015 | Marcus Stäbler | June 1, 2015

    Die frühen Beethoven-Quartette wirken in manchen Aufnahmen – gerade im Vergleich mit den mittleren und späten Werken – noch ein bisschen brav.…

    Gramophone
    Gramophone | June 2015 | Peter Quantrill | May 25, 2015

    Audite’s recording is close if not claustrophobic, close enough to differentiate the character of the four Italian instruments as well as their…

    www.classicalcdreview.com
    www.classicalcdreview.com | May 2015 | R.E.B. | May 1, 2015

    Again the high performance standards are ever apparent, Audite engineers have provided a perfectly natural audio picture. …

    Pizzicato Supersonic
    Pizzicato | 28/04/2015 | Guy Engels | April 28, 2015

    Emotionaler Wellenritt

    Der mögliche Einbruch bleibt aus. Das ‘Quartetto di Cremona’ hat den langen Atem, weicht nicht von seiner kompromisslosen, aufwühlenden,…

    The Herald Scotland
    The Herald Scotland | Sunday 26 April 2015 | Michael Tumelty | April 26, 2015

    This fourth volume in the Quartetto di Cremona's ongoing Beethoven cycle, even by these great players' well-established standards, is astounding. [...] This gripping Cremona cycle goes from strength to strength.

  • El cuarto volumen de los cuartetos de Beethoven por el Quartetto di Cremona pone en diálogo dos obras muy contrastadas: un cuarteto temprano y otro…

    Der neue Merker
    Der neue Merker | April 2015 | Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger | April 1, 2015

    AUDITE: Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethovens Streichquartette wie einst das Alban Berg Quartett

    Das soeben veröffentlichte Vol. IV wartet mit Referenzeinspielungen der Quartette Op. 18 Nr. 1 und Op. 131 Nr. 14 auf

    Die vier Herren aus Cremona erweisen mit ihrer Neueinspielung Reverenz an ihre alten Kollegen. Cristiano Gualco gelingt auf seiner Amati aus 1640 genau dieser expressive gesangliche Ton, dessen unter die Haut gehende Schönheit auch den späten Beethoven wunderbar hörbar macht. [...] Die musikalischen Bälle werden einander traumwandlerisch sicher zugeworfen, das eruptiv spontane Musizieren ist voller Innenspannung, Aufbäumen und Hinsinken. Meisterlich!…

    www.myclassicalnotes.com
    www.myclassicalnotes.com | Wednesday | 03.25.15 | Hank Zauderer | March 25, 2015

    Cremona Quartet

    The performers are a fairly young Italian group. They play with strong emotion and fine feeling.…

    www.klassikerleben.de
    www.klassikerleben.de | März 2015 | Oliver Buslau | March 20, 2015

    Wie schon in den vorangegangenen Folgen zeigt das Quartett aus Cremona einen von Leidenschaft und Technik gespeisten eigenen Zugang.…

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 4 (audite 92.683)

part of the series: Beethoven Complete String Quartets with Quartetto di Cremona (at present 7/8 productions)
article number: 92.683
EAN barcode: 4022143926838
price group: ACX
release date: 20. March 2015
total time: 67 min.

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