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Beethoven: Intégrale Des Quatuors / Le Quatuor Talich


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Calliope   Catalog #: 3633/9   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 23 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There are numerous fine renderings of the complete Beethoven Quartets in the catalogue, ranging from the treasured old Budapest Quartet recordings still awaiting reissue from Sony (if that company ever recovers from its delusion that we're all waiting for more crossover dreck), the sleek Alban Berg on EMI, the dramatic Emersons on Deutsche Grammophon, the warm probings of the Italiano on Philips, and the ripely humane Vegh on Valois. Is there room for another? You bet, if it's as profound and as well-played and recorded as this one from the Talich Quartet. That goes double if, as Calliope has done, those top-drawer performances are issued at the bargain price of seven CDs for the price of three. Read more />

The Talich traversal of the Beethovens originally came out in the dying days of analogue. I loved them then and I love them even more in their CD incarnation, which adds transparency and bite to sound that always was clear and impactful. The Talich's virtues are many: they're as technically adept as any of their rivals; they subordinate flashy virtuosity to the music's meaning; they have a beautifully blended tone, with sonorities built up from the bottom; inner lines are always carefully delineated so the balances are never tilted toward the first violin; rhythms are flowing; and attacks are firm without being aggressive. Their concentration is outstanding too, so even at a slow pace the middle section of the Grosse Fugue never lapses into torpor, while the intensity of Op. 59 No. 1 never flags. The ensemble's use of color for expressive effect heightens the eloquence of the late quartets, which are the highlights of the set thanks to the Talich's searching interpretations and stylistic integrity.


If there's a weakness here it's in the slightly laid-back approach that misses the wit of the Op. 18 quartets and occasionally--only occasionally--induces a feeling that a bit more muscle would be welcome. But such flaws, if that's what they are, are inconsequential given the Talich's overall achievement.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 24 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 27 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 41 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 34 Minutes 38 Secs. 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 31 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 30 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1810 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 37 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1980 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 37 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1826 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 40 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 43 Minutes 40 Secs. 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1826 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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