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Beethoven - Key To The Quartets / Emerson String Quartet


Release Date: 03/11/1997 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447083   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eugene DruckerPhilip SetzerLawrence DuttonDavid Finckel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Beethoven quartets have always been at the cote of the Emerson Quartet's repertoire, and over the years it has honed its playing of these works to a fine degree. Here in this new set we encounter exaltation, immaculate playing and ensemble precision of awesome proportions (typically, first and second violinists often swap their roles). The Emerson is perhaps the best rehearsed quartet of our century. The playing is not only flawless technically, but reflects a careful study of the music, both formally and in the players' intense preoccupation with textual matters. The performances give the impression of having been forged in white heat, such is the breathless intensity of quick movements and the leashed power of the adagios and Read more andantes."

-- BBC Music Magazine Reviewing recording of the complete string quartets
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4: 4th movement, Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
David Finckel (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5: 2nd movement, Menuetto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky": 4th movement, Allegro molto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp": 1st movement, Poco Adagio - Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5. Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso": 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132: 3rd movement, Heiliger Dankgesang by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Lawrence Dutton (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 17 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7. Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: 2nd movement, Presto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Lawrence Dutton (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8. Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: 4th movement, Alla danza tedesca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin), David Finckel (Cello),
Lawrence Dutton (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: 5th movement, Cavatina by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10. Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135: 4th movement "Der schwer gefasste Entschluss" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Lawrence Dutton (Viola), Philip Setzer (Violin),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11. Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1: 2nd movement, Adagio affetuoso ed appassionato by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
David Finckel (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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