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Beethoven: Early String Quartets, Op 18 / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000943402   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Quartetto Italiano. Philips 426 046-2 [3 CDs]. If the Austrians appear at times to take these works too seriously, the Italians, full of peasant heartiness, can almost be accused of too exuberant an approach. In tonally opulent performances that are relaxed yet alert – with accents in place and in the proper character – they make Beethoven less the bad boy, more the genial, avuncular successor to Haydn, which in some ways he was trying to be. Recorded between 1972 and 1975, and reissued in 1989 at mid-price, these handsomely remastered accounts are close-miked and have vivid presence. The dryish acoustic allows detail to register, making it all the easier to relish the playing of this wonderful ensemble. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Read more Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. 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:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1798/1800 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1798/1800 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1798/1800 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1798/1800 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
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:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1798/1800 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1: 1. Allegro con brio
String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1: 2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1: 3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1: 4. Allegro
String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2: 2. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I
String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2: 3. Scherzo (Allegro)
String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2: 4. Allegro molto, quasi presto
String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3: 2. Andante con moto
String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3: 3. Allegro
String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3: 4. Presto
String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4: 2. Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto
String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4: 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4: 4. Allegro

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