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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Quintets And Fragments / Endellion Quartet


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 517450   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Experience speaks volumes in ultra-refined, mature performances

What a fascinating release. Much of this set has been out before, but the Endellions have returned to fill in the gaps. We get not only the complete quartets and quintets but also thoughts and fragments. It's a bit like 'Beethoven - The Director's Cut'. As special editions go, this is pretty special and would be even if the playing were not of the very highest standard.

-- Gramophone [1/2009]


Experience speaks volumes in ultra-refined, mature performances

What a fascinating release. Much of this set has been out before, but the Endellions have returned to fill in the gaps. We get not only the complete quartets and quintets but also thoughts and fragments. It's a bit like 'Beethoven - The Director's Cut'. As special editions go, this is pretty special and would be even if the playing were not of the very highest standard.

-- Gramophone [1/2009]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quintet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings in D minor "Pencarrow" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1810 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1826 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1826 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
17.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
18.
Quartet for Strings in A major, Biamonti 382 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Quartet for Strings in F major, Hess 34/Op. 14 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
22.
Fugue for String Quintet in D major Op. 137 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Minuet for String Quartet in A flat major, Hess 33 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1790; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Prelude and Fugue for String Quartet in C major, Hess 31 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Prelude and Fugue for String Quartet in F major, Hess 30 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794-1795; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Quartet for Strings in B minor [fragment] by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endellion String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Incomplete String Quintets and Fragments July 5, 2012 By John Wyman (urbana, IL) See All My Reviews "My favorite box of the Beethoven Quartets is the Quartetto Italiano on Philips. I also have a soft spot for the Budapest Quartet on Sony (I'm old). Not to mention the Busch Quartet (really old). According to the Arkiv Music website, there are currently 61 complete sets of the Beethoven String Quartets on the market. Most of them are fine performances. So if you are a string quartet, how do you make your performances stand out? It helps to have a gimick. The Endellion Quartet had two gimicks: 1) First recording of a new scholarly edition of Beethoven's scores. 2) First recording of the COMPLETE String Quartets, Quintets and Fragments. There have been several recordings of the standard Beethoven quartet canon since the Endellion in 2009, including the Artemis Quartet on Virgin. I'm pretty sure these recordings also use the latest scholarly editions of the scores, so the Endellion Quartet is no longer unique in that respect. So the only remaining feature that distinguishes the Endellion Quartet from all others is their claim to completeness. But its not complete. Three works were omitted. The Endellion box is actually the third attempt to bring us the "complete" Beethoven String Quartets Quintets and Fragments. The first attempt was the Deutsche Gramophon (DG) Beethoven Edition (vol.11-14), issued on CD in 1997. The second was the 85CD Brilliant Classics Beethoven Edition, issued in 2007. Annoyingly, none of these collections is actually complete. 17 String Quartets and 4 String Quintets were published during Beethoven's lifetime: They have Opus numbers. That part should be easy, but both the Endellion Quartet and the DG Beethoven Edition (vol.14) omit the String Quintet in C Minor, Opus 104. Bad start. Opus 104 is an arrangement for String Quintet (probably by someone else) of Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op.1, No. 3. Boo frickin hoo. Beethoven wasn't too proud to take the money. The DG Edition (vol.14) also omitted the String Quintet, Op.4, which is even more inexcusable: This was an arrangement by Beethoven himself of his Octet Op.103. Since 1957, we have also known of the existence of seven unpublished String Quartets and one unpublished String Quintet. In that year, Willy Hess published his catalog of unpublished Beethoven. * Hess Catalog #H30-H36 are String Quartets. H40 is a String Quintet. The scores of these works are now published. There is no excuse for omitting them from a COMPLETE String Quartet, Quintet and Fragments collection. The Endellion Quartet omitted Quartets H35, H36 and the Quintet Opus 104. Deutsche Gramophon omitted the Quartet H35 and Quintets H40, Op.4 and Op.104. Brilliant Classics omitted Quartets H32, H35 and H36. H32 is an early version of the Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1 H35 is a fragmentary arrangement of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, No. 24. H36 is an arrangement of the overture to Handel's Oratorio "Solomon". H40 is a fragment of a Prelude & Fugue for String Quintet. Opus 4 and 104 we already know about. It is possible to assemble a "complete" collection of Beethoven String Quartets and Quintets, but you will have to buy additional CDs and this will involve some duplication of material. H32 has been recorded twice: in the Endellion box, and in the DG box (vol.11). So if you already bought the Brilliant Classics 85 CD box, you will still have to buy one of the other two boxes (ouch!). H35 is easy. It has only been recorded once, by the Covington Quartet on Monument Records. So you need that CD. [This involves no duplication: The CD is filled out by an hour's worth of fragments from Beethoven's sketchbook, which only came to light after Hess's catalog was published. Two of these fragments are included in the Endellion box: an Allegretto in B Minor (38 seconds) and a Prelude in D Minor (39 seconds)]. H36 has been recorded twice: in the DG box (vol.11), and by the Ysaye Quartet on Aeon, reissued on their own label "Ysaye" in 2011. H40 has been recorded twice: in the Endellion box, and in the Brilliant Classics 85CD box [but it was ommited when Brilliant Classics reissued the Beethoven Quintets in a 2CD box. Aargh!] Op.4 is in the Endellion box and the Brilliant Classics box. Op.104 has been recorded several times. The least painful way to acquire it is the Fine Arts Quartet (+one) on Naxos. You can also get Op.4 and Op. 104 on one CD by the Suk Quartet on Supraphon. So, if you bought the Brilliant Classics 85CD box, you need the Covington Quartet for H35, plus either [the DG Box (vol.11) for H32 and H36] or [the Endellion box for H32 and the Ysaye Quartet for H36] (this is the most expensive of the three options). If you bought the DG box (vol.11-14), you need the Covington Quartet for H32, plus either the Endellion box or the Brilliant Classics box for H40 and Op.4, plus the Fine Arts Op. 104 on Naxos. If you bought the Endellion box, you need the Covington Quartet for H35, plus either the Ysaye Quartet or the DG box (vol.11) for H36, plus the Fine Arts Op. 104 on Naxos (this is the least expensive of the three options). Only then will you be the proud owner of all 24 String Quartets and 5 String Quintets by Ludwig van Beethoven. This confusion could all be avoided if some enterprising String Quartet or recording company would just issue a CD of Beethoven's String Quartets H30-H36 and the String Quintet H40. Yes, I admit to a touch of O.C.D. when it comes to completeness. I actually NEED to own everything Beethoven wrote. The Endellion box is a production of Cambridge University. If Cambridge University had published The Complete Works of Shakespeare and left out three of the lesser sonnets, it would be a major scandal. Beethoven deserves the same consideration. Annoyingly incomplete. * * For more information about the Hess catalog, as well as the Kinsky catalog (WoO) and the Biamonti catalog, go to lvbeethoven.com Click on the American Flag (if you speak American), then click "music"." Report Abuse
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