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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets / Quatuor Vegh


Release Date: 03/13/2001 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4871   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These sterling performances have been high among the prime available Beethoven Quartet sets since their initial appearance in the early 1970s as sought-after Telefunken LPs. Naïve’s booklet and transfers are the same as those of the 1987 Auvidis Valois set. So what’s this release got that the previous one didn’t? A bargain price, with the eight CDs marked down to the price of four. These are happy days for Beethoven Quartet lovers: my three favorite complete sets (the others are the Quartetto Italiano on Philips and the Talich on Calliope) are all now available at midprice. All share a concern for mining the music’s profundities even if it sometimes means limiting drive and excitement. The Italiano is the best blended and technically Read more secure; the Talich runs them close but tends to stodginess in the Op. 18; and the Végh is as insightful as the Italiano but sometimes the violins tend to hardness. First violinist Sandor Végh’s occasional intonation lapses are easily forgivable given his elegant phrasing and stylistic perfection. His dominant role is obvious, but the group is very much in the central European tradition, with tonal balances built from the ground up, with the cello prominent. The Végh has a knack for finding just the right tempo for any given movement, and the four players sniff out the humor in these works as unerringly as they dig deepest into the slow movements. The sound is closeup, detailed and impactful, but excessively bright on top at times. There’s more to these masterpieces than any single ensemble, no matter how good, can reveal. So while I could live with any of the three sets cited above, I live much happier with all of them–supplemented with versions by the old Budapest and the newer, exciting Emerson Quartet. Nor would I want to be without the Hollywood and Busch Quartets for the late works. But whatever equation you set for Beethoven sets, the Végh belongs in the mix.

– 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:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1810 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1826 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Written: 1826 

Sound Samples

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. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: II. Menuetto
String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: III. Andante cantabile
String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: IV. Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: IV. Allegro molto quasi presto
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: II. Andante con moto
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: III. Allegro
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: IV. Presto
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: I. Allegro ma non tanto
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: II. Scherzo: Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: IV. Allegro - Prestissimo

Customer Reviews

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 lo mejor de beethoven es the vegh string quartet July 6, 2012 By rubenjimenez sanchez See All My Reviews "los 16 cuartetos de cuerdas de beethoven son interpretados por el cuarteto vegh, lo que me gustaria obteber. gracias." Report Abuse
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