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Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 14 - Hillborg: Kongsgaard Variations / Calder Quartet


Release Date: 04/19/2019 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: PTC5186718  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenAnders Hillborg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Calder Quartet invites you on a journey from early to late Beethoven, passing through an exciting contemporary piece by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg along the way. Beethoven’s Op. 131 string quartet, that concludes this album, is already a great adventure in its own right, with its seven movements full of fugal writing, harmonic explorations, variations and passages filled with operatic drama. Hearing this late masterpiece together with the much more classical, but equally lively, Op. 18 no. 3 quartet opens our ears to the exceptional richness of Beethoven’s musical universe. Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations reveals unexpected sonic relationships to Beethoven’s variation technique, underlining the modernity of the older composer. Read more This all leads to a program that is lively, layered and ravishingly beautiful. Hailed as one of the most exciting classical music groups of the United States, the Calder Quartet now presents the first fruit of its exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
2.
Kongsgaard Variations by Anders Hillborg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
3.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calder String Quartet
Written: 1826 

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