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Beethoven: The String Quartets Vol 2 / The Lindsays


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 1112   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter CropperRonald BirksRobin IrelandBernard Gregor-Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances do not disappoint. There is an attractive reticence in the Lindsays' accounts of nos. 1 and 4 without any lack of vitality, and there is grace and graciousness in no. 5.

By mid-January 2000, when most people were still getting over their millennium hangover, the Lindsays were hard at work on a new Beethoven cycle. With a warm but clear recording made in Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth and very full notes (translated into French and German) by Richard Wigmore the set has a head's start, and the performances do not disappoint... There is an attractive reticence about their accounts of the "big" nos.1 and 4 (without any lack of vitality)... I compared parts of all movements with the recordings
Read more by the Amadeus Quartet. The sometimes schmaltzy quality of the Amadeus's playing of the late quartets has got their Beethoven a bad name, but the were very fine interpreters indeed of the op.18s. Overall they seem to find just a little more time to express the music, and bring out a grace and a graciousness which is not out of place in these early works. Interestingly, in no.5, the most "Mozartian" of the group, the Lindsays produce precisely those same qualities of grace and graciousness as the Amadeus, so it would also be possible to argue that they have a wider range of expression, varying their approach to the work in hand...

...Pianists who have never heard Beethoven's transcription of his op.14/1 Piano Sonata should lose no time in doing so, for they have a fascinating experience in store. Much of the music lends itself to the string quartet perfectly well and Beethoven need only make a straightforward transcription such as anyone could have done. But his solutions to those passages which are clearly unsuited to strings are fascinating and, in the central episode of the finale, quite breathtaking. He retains his harmonic scheme but otherwise recomposes the music entirely...

-- Christopher Howell, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Peter Cropper (Violin), Ronald Birks (Violin), Robin Ireland (Viola),
Bernard Gregor-Smith (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Birks (Violin), Peter Cropper (Violin), Robin Ireland (Viola),
Bernard Gregor-Smith (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, England 
Length: 28 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 9 in E major, Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ronald Birks (Violin), Robin Ireland (Viola), Bernard Gregor-Smith (Cello),
Peter Cropper (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lindsay String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/19/2000 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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