Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets (1982 Live Recordings) / Juilliard String Quartet

Release Date: 12/4/2020
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19075964442
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 9

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$28.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 1960s and in the decades following, the Budapest String Quartet’s mantle at Columbia was passed on to the Juilliard String Quartet. Over the years, with some changes in personnel, the ensemble repeatedly set down its famously lean, energetic and expressive interpretations of the Beethoven quartets in New York recording studios. These have remained catalogue staples. Less well known is the Beethoven cycle they recorded live in Washington at the Library of Congress in 1982. Gramophone singled out this complete traversal for its special depth and flexibility. Presented here on 9 albums, this is its first Sony release.

 

REVIEW:

 

The slow introduction to the C Major Quartet No. 9 is handled wonderfully, which sets up well for the rest of the movement and the work as a whole. These are followed by nice recordings of the “Harp” and “Serioso” quartets, thus bringing the middle period to an end.

 

The late quartets open with a really nice recording of the Nos. 12 and 13, with the first of these being particularly fine. The final disc of the nine houses the 15th and 16th quartets, which again receive fairly good recordings. Overall, the tempos selected here tend to be slower than in their earlier recording, which is usual for live recordings.

 

Overall sound quality is, at times, a bit of an issue here, even taking into account the live nature of these recordings, and overall isn't up to the sound quality of the quartet's highly regarded 1960s studio cycle of these works for RCA.

 

– MusicWeb International

Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1798/1800 ; Austria
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 ;
3. Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 ;
4. Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 ;
5. Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard 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: Juilliard 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: Juilliard 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: Juilliard 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: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 ;
10. Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard 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: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1810 ;
12. Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard 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: Juilliard 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: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1826 ;
15. Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard 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: Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1826 ;
17. Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1825-1826 ; Vienna, Austria
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