Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 95 & 59/1

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 95 & 59/1

by Artemis Quartet
     
 
This isn't exactly the Artemis Quartett's first recording of any Beethoven quartets -- there was a disc attached to a BBC Magazine in 2003 with recordings of Beethoven's Opus 18 No. 2 and Opus 131. But for a quartet whose previous major-label experience has consisted of three discs -- one of

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This isn't exactly the Artemis Quartett's first recording of any Beethoven quartets -- there was a disc attached to a BBC Magazine in 2003 with recordings of Beethoven's Opus 18 No. 2 and Opus 131. But for a quartet whose previous major-label experience has consisted of three discs -- one of György Ligeti, one of Dimitri Terzakis, and one coupling works by Berg and Webern -- Beethoven still seems like something of a stretch. But while the listener can tell from the edge of the quartet's attack and the intensity of its expressivity that the Artemis is a post-modernist quartet, the warmth and depth of its interpretations made it clear that it is also deeply in the tradition. Thus, while the intellectual rigor of the furious "F minor Quartet Op. 95" compares the first Alban Berg Quartet recording, there is still something of the soul of the first Budapest Quartet's recording in the tone. And while the "Fugue on a Russian Theme Finale" of the enormous "F major Quartet, Op. 59/1," is as vigorously argued as the Neues Leipzig Quartett's recording, there is something of the classic Amadeus Quartet's early '60s recording in the Adagio molto e mesto. One can only hope that this is the start of a complete Beethoven cycle. Heck, one can only hope there'd simply be more releases of anything the first-class Artemis Quartett wants to record. Virgin's sound is warm, deep, and true.

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This isn't exactly the Artemis Quartett's first recording of any Beethoven quartets -- there was a disc attached to a BBC Magazine in 2003 with recordings of Beethoven's Opus 18 No. 2 and Opus 131. But for a quartet whose previous major-label experience has consisted of three discs -- one of György Ligeti, one of Dimitri Terzakis, and one coupling works by Berg and Webern -- Beethoven still seems like something of a stretch. But while the listener can tell from the edge of the quartet's attack and the intensity of its expressivity that the Artemis is a post-modernist quartet, the warmth and depth of its interpretations made it clear that it is also deeply in the tradition. Thus, while the intellectual rigor of the furious "F minor Quartet Op. 95" compares the first Alban Berg Quartet recording, there is still something of the soul of the first Budapest Quartet's recording in the tone. And while the "Fugue on a Russian Theme Finale" of the enormous "F major Quartet, Op. 59/1," is as vigorously argued as the Neues Leipzig Quartett's recording, there is something of the classic Amadeus Quartet's early '60s recording in the Adagio molto e mesto. One can only hope that this is the start of a complete Beethoven cycle. Heck, one can only hope there'd simply be more releases of anything the first-class Artemis Quartett wants to record. Virgin's sound is warm, deep, and true.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Virgin Classics
UPC:
0724354573828
catalogNumber:
45738

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Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ("Serioso"), Op. 95  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alain Lanceron  -  Artemis Quartet
  2. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ("Rasumovsky 1"), Op. 59/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Alain Lanceron  -  Artemis Quartet

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