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Beethoven: The Late Quartets / Quatuor Mosaiques


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5445  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first recording of legendary Quatuor Mosaïques in several years. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, they have decided to record one of the monuments of chamber music: the last five quartets of Beethoven. The Quatuor Mosaiques is formed of the three Austrian violinists Erich Hobarth, Andrea Bischof and Anita Mitterer and the French cellist Christophe Coin. Thierty years ago, while the four artists were members of Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien, where they first met, they had the idea of pooling their experience of playing period instruments while also perpetuating through a living link the great European tradition of the string quartet, as represented notably by the legendary Vegh Quartet, of which Read more Erich Hobarth had been a member for three years. In their view, the ultimate aim of any performance is to reveal the inner spiritual richness of the music. “In a mosaic, each element is carefully conceived and at the same time, it is by observing it from the ideal distance that the eye can take in the entire image. The same is true in music: one must work on the details while perceiving the work as a whole.” (Christophe Coin) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Written: 1826 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet
Written: 1826 

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