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Beethoven: String Quartets Op 59 No 2 & 3 / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186176   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paolo BorcianiPiero FarulliFranco RossiElisa Pegreffi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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BEETHOVEN String Quartets: Nos. 8 and 9, “Razumovsky” Qrt Italiano PENTATONE 5186 176 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 70:27)


PentaTone has a history of cherry-picking items from old quad Philips cycles without reissuing every Read more recording in the original series (possibly, in some cases, because the whole series was not recorded quadraphonically). So it’s heartening to see that the label has at least brought out the Italiano Quartet’s full traversal of Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” quartets. An earlier disc, which I reviewed in Fanfare 32:5, coupled op. 59/1 with the last of Beethoven’s op. 18 works. What I wrote about that release holds true for this one: “The readings are poised and flowing, sensitive to a variety of articulation, attacks, and details of dynamics, but not as hyperdramatic as many more recent efforts. Without underplaying the scores, Quartetto Italiano provides interpretations that should be very appealing to listeners who find even the finest contemporary efforts (Emerson, Prazák) to be excessively intense and nervous.” With flexible phrasing, lucid voicings (listen to the clarity of the lines in the finale of op. 59/2), and unfailing warmth (hear the full tone and weight of that Quartet’s Allegretto, offset by crisp attacks), these polished, incisive performances remain attractive more than 35 years after they were recorded. This four-channel reissue presents the musicians on a wide stage from close perspective. Dare we hope that PentaTone will at least complete the Italiano’s middle-quartet series, even if not committing to the entire cycle?


FANFARE: James Reel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paolo Borciani (Violin), Piero Farulli (Viola), Franco Rossi (Cello),
Elisa Pegreffi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paolo Borciani (Violin), Piero Farulli (Viola), Franco Rossi (Cello),
Elisa Pegreffi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Written: 1805/6 

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