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Beethoven / Quatuor Voce

Beethoven / Quatuor Voce
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5356   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Voce
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In only a few years the Quatuor Voce has received numerous prizes in international competitions and also works regularly with many outstanding artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Nobuko Imai, Bertrand Chamayou... Following a nomination from the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the European Chamber Hall Organisation (ECHO) has named the quartet as Rising Stars for the 2013-2014 season. Since its debut in 2004, the Quatuor Voce has been committed to championing the great repertoire for string quartet and its first CD release was devoted to the music of Schubert: a critic’s choice in The Strad and ƒƒƒƒ in Télérama. They are touring all the prestigious European venues, mostly with this repertoire.
Read more /> "Beethoven created a personal sound world and tackled crucial new problems in each of the three string quartets recorded here by the Quatuor Voce. In Op.18 no.1 he formulated a novel way of treating thematic material as well as introducing a pathetic dimension into the quartet medium. In Op.59 no.2 he focused on circular forms and lines, and refined the exchanges between the voices. Exploring the heavens, with a contemplation of a starry sky as his starting point, he also added a hitherto untapped spiritual quality to the music. In Op.95 he no longer concentrated on over-arching forms, instead seeking condensation and concision. He paid special attention in this quartet to rapid exchanges between the voices, and to techniques that enabled him to push dramatic intensity to its limits." Bernard Fournier
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Voce
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
2. Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Voce
Written: 1810 
3. Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Voce
Written: 1798/1800 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso": I. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso": II. Allegretto ma non troppo -
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso": III. Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso": IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: I. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: IV. Allegro
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky": I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky": II. Molto adagio
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky": III. Allegretto
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Rasumovsky": IV. Finale: Presto

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