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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets / Talich Quartet

Beethoven / Talich Quartet
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  La Dolce Volta   Catalog #: 121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Long absent from the active catalog following the unfortunate demise of the Calliope label, the highly-praised Beethoven interpretations of the legendary Talich Quartet make a welcome return with this specially-priced, limited-edition reissue from La Dolce Volta. The original seven-disc set of the complete String Quartets has been digitally remastered for optimal sound and is presented in a deluxe package befitting the nobility of these wonderful performances. Long absent from the active catalog following the unfortunate demise of the Calliope label, the highly-praised Beethoven interpretations of the legendary Talich Quartet make a welcome return with this specially-priced, limited-edition reissue from La Dolce Volta. The original seven-disc set of the complete String Quartets has been digitally remastered for optimal sound and is presented in a deluxe package befitting the nobility of these wonderful performances. 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:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
3. Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
4. Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
5. Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
6. Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich 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:  Talich 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:  Talich 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:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
10. Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich 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:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1810 
12. Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich 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:  Talich 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:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1826 
15. Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich 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:  Talich String Quartet
Written: 1826 
17. Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 musical milkshakes June 17, 2014 By William S. (Renton, WA) See All My Reviews "Beethoven is a composer of contrasts, of up and down, of tension and its relaxation. That's what's missing from these performances. They move along much too smoothly, with little sense of development. Many movements arrive at pointless ends, without a sense of having been anywhere. The first movement of #16 is a good example. Even if you've never heard the piece, the Talich performance just doesn't sound right -- it ain't Beethoven. Contrast this with the Quartetto Italiano's version. From the first notes, we know this is going to be music of contrasts. Not to mention comic meandering, as it keeps jumping back to the original theme. The sound is excellent -- "up close" in a large reverberant space, superior to either the Quartetto Italiano's or Vegh's (stereo) sound. But that isn't enough. It's impossible to recommend these "not really Beethoven" performances. And the liner notes are unduly pretentious and self-aware." Report Abuse
 Another side of Beethoven June 8, 2013 By Jocelyn L. (Drummondville, QC) See All My Reviews "Great music and gorgeous quality of sound like as you are in the studio. Simply a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Sound quality March 12, 2013 By ely Gonick (lancaster, PA) See All My Reviews "I was disappointed in the sound quality. I have other Calliope recordings with the Talich quartet and the sound quality is fabulous." Report Abuse
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