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Beethoven: String Quartets, Vol. 4 / Auryn String Quartet

Beethoven / Auryn Quartet
Release Date: 01/15/2010 
Label:  Tacet   Catalog #: 130  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auryn String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BEETHOVEN String Quartets: No. 13; No. 14; No. 16. Grosse Fuge Auryn Qrt TACET D130 (DVD-A: 239:10)



"You owe it to yourself to hear the Auryn Quartet perform the late Beethoven quartets. True, the group’s approach is not to every taste. The disc at hand is a remake of a release James H. North reviewed more than 10 years ago, in Fanfare 23:1, but unless his aesthetics have changed, I suspect he would still find this new Read more version to be “a fussy, overinterpreted performance. The players repeatedly lunge at phrases, which very quickly becomes an annoying mannerism. Tempos are hauled about, especially in the Grosse Fuge .” But what North hears as fussiness, others (like me) hear as a keen attention to detail that brings freshness and drama to every phrase, but without causing the architecture of a movement to crumble. As Mortimer H. Frank wrote of the conventional two-channel release of this new version in 31:5, 'In every way these are distinguished readings. … [The Auryn Quartet’s Beethoven cycle] should be a traversal that will hold its own with the best.' I believe this is one of the most involved and engaging traversals of Beethoven’s late quartets in recent memory. You may not agree, but you really should hear it and make up your own mind."

FANFARE: James Reel

This DVD contains the complete music twice: first in Real Surround Sound (Tracks 1 - 18) and then in Moving Real Surround Sound (Tracks 19 - 35). The composition and the interpretation are identical and unaltered as always.


Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Performers:
Matthias Lingenfelder, violin
Jens Oppermann, violin
Stewart Eaton, viola
Andreas Arndt, violoncello


Track Listing:
Quartet in C Sharp Minor op. 131
1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto vivace
3. Allegro moderato
4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
5. Presto
6. Adagio quasi un pococ andante
7. Allegro

Quartet in B flat Major op. 130
8. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
9. Presto
10. Andante con moto ma non troppo
11. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
12. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

13. Grande Fugue op. 133

Quartet in F Major op. 135
14. Allegretto
15. Vivace
16. Assai lento, cantante e tranquillo
17. Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro

18. new last movement of op. 130: Finale. Allegro

Quartet in C sharp Minor op. 131
19. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
20. Allegro molto vivace
21. Allegro moderato
22. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
23. Presto
24. Adagio quasi un poco andante
25. Allegro

Quartet in B flat Major op. 130
26. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
27. Presto
28. Andante con moto ma non troppo
29. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
30. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

31. Grande Fugue op. 133

Quartet in F major op. 135
32. Allegretto
33. Vivace
34. Assai lento, cantante e tranquillo
35. Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro

Timing: 239.10
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auryn String Quartet
Written: 1826 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auryn String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auryn String Quartet
Written: 1826 
4.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auryn String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 

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