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Beethoven: String Quartets Op 18 No 1 & 4 / Leipzig Quartet


Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3070853   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFranz SchubertWolfgang Amadeus MozartAndreas Jakob Romberg
Performer:  Matthias MoosdorfTilman BüningAndreas SeidelIvo Bauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Leipzig String Quartet presents Beethoven's earliest forays into the string quartet form with first-rate results. Each phrase is well-considered and weighty; the classical-era structure of the Op. 18 quartets is clearly articulated throughout. That's not to say that these performances are in any way ponderous, though; quite the opposite is true. The rhythm is so elastic that the triplets that open the Adagio of the first quartet virtually swing. Emotions happily run fast and fierce, but there are a few moments in which the Leipzigers' ferocious energy almost undermines their best intentions. (The crunching violins in the last movement of the Op. 4 testify to that.) The group's performances are well served by MDG's remarkable Read more sound--immediate, warm, and dynamic.


One final note, which does not affect either set of ratings: The total lack of liner notes for all three filler pieces is rather annoying. The Schubert and the Mozart quartets are probably familiar enough territory that most listeners will get by without, but the same can't be said for the work of Andreas Romberg (a peer and colleague of Beethoven). Granted, his quartet is barely four minutes long, but its inclusion might warrant some brief mention.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, 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
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin),
Ivo Bauer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Matthias Moosdorf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 21 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in G minor, D 173: Allegro con brio by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello),
Ivo Bauer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Venue:  Royal Riding School, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 23 in F major, K 590: 4th movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Royal Riding School, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings, Op. 1 no 3: Andante con espressione by Andreas Jakob Romberg
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Matthias Moosdorf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1799; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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