Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets

by Quartetto Italiano
     
 
If beauty is truth and truth beauty, then the Quartetto Italiano's late-'60s, early-'70s cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets is possibly the most truthful cycle ever recorded because it is certainly the most beautiful cycle ever recorded. No quartet has ever played with such consummate beauty of tone, such ideal intonation, and

Overview

If beauty is truth and truth beauty, then the Quartetto Italiano's late-'60s, early-'70s cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets is possibly the most truthful cycle ever recorded because it is certainly the most beautiful cycle ever recorded. No quartet has ever played with such consummate beauty of tone, such ideal intonation, and such superb ensemble as the Quartetto Italiano. In the most strenuous passages, in the most awkward, in the most excruciating passages, the Italiano is always and everywhere transcendentally beautiful. The "early" quartets bring out all the high-Classical poise and elegance of the works, expressing the strong emotions of the young Beethoven in performances of graceful beauty. The "middle" quartets are powerfully muscular and as powerfully intellectual, balancing the heart and mind of the mature Beethoven in performances of exquisite beauty. The "late" quartets are deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual, transcending the duality of heart and mind in the sublime beauty of the interpretations. And Philips' stereo sound is nearly as beautiful as the Italiano's tone and certainly as truthful as any recording could possibly be in capturing the greatness of these interpretations. One of the two or three greatest sets of the Beethoven quartets ever recorded.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1997
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028945406220
catalogNumber:
454062
Rank:
7618

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in G major ("Compliments"), Op. 18/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  3. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  4. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  5. String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18/5  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  6. String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  7. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  8. String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ("Rasumovsky 2"), Op. 59/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  9. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ("Serioso"), Op. 95  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  10. String Quartet No. 9 in C major ("Rasumovsky 3"), Op. 59/3  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  11. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ("Harp"), Op. 74  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  12. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  13. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  14. String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  15. Fugue for string quartet in B flat major ("Grosse Fuge"), Op. 133  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  16. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler
  17. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ("Heiliger Dankgesang"), Op. 132  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Willibrod Joseph Mahler  -  Quartetto Italiano  - J. W. Mähler

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