Beethoven: The Late String Quartets

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets

by Busch Chamber Players
     
 
Led by violin soloist, conductor, composer, and all-round first-rank musician Adolf Busch, the Busch Quartet was widely regarded as the great quartet of the inter-war period. All four players -- Busch, second violinist Gösta Andreasson, violist Karl Doktor, and cellist (and brother of the first violinist)

Overview

Led by violin soloist, conductor, composer, and all-round first-rank musician Adolf Busch, the Busch Quartet was widely regarded as the great quartet of the inter-war period. All four players -- Busch, second violinist Gösta Andreasson, violist Karl Doktor, and cellist (and brother of the first violinist) Hermann Busch -- had an uncommon unity of ensemble and altogether rare unanimity of interpretation, and their performances were always marked by their incredible collective intensity. Though contemporary listeners might find their tone too acerbic and their intonation too hit-and-miss, contemporary listeners with more open hearts, minds, and ears will also hear what it is about these performances that have commended them to generations of music lovers. Here the Busch Quartet tackles some of the greatest quartets ever written for the medium, and only the obviously antique sound keeps this from being a first recommendation for listeners. Especially filled out with a 1941 recording of Busch leading the Busch Chamber Players in a blistering performance of Felix Weingartner's arrangement of the "Grosse Fuge," this set belongs on any Beethoven collector's shelf, just after the better-sounding versions by the Amadeus and Berg Quartets.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099950965625
catalogNumber:
9656

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
  2. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  3. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ("Serioso"), Op. 95
  4. String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major ("Lieb"), Op. 130
  5. Fugue for string quartet in B flat major ("Grosse Fuge"), Op. 133
  6. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ("Heiliger Dankgesang"), Op. 132
  7. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

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