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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets 1-16 Box set


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  • Audio CD (22 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000GG4MP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brio 9:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1 - 2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato11:27£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1 - 3. Scherzo 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1 - 4. Allegro 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2 - 1. Allegro 7:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2 - 2. Adagio cantabile 6:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2 - 3. Scherzo 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.2 in G, Op.18 No.2 - 4. Allegro molto, quasi presto 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 1. Allegro 7:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 2. Andante con moto 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 3. Allegro 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 4. Presto 5:55£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto 8:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 2. Scherzo (Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto) 6:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 4. Allegro 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 1. Allegro 9:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 2. Menuetto - Trio 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 3. Andante cantabile 9:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 4. Allegro 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 1. Allegro con brio 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 2. Allegretto ma non troppo 7:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 3. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 4. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 1. Allegro con brio 9:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 2. Adagio - ma non troppo 7:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 3. Scherzo - Trio 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 4. Adagio "La Malinconia" - Allegretto quasi allegro 9:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 1. Allegro13:43£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 2. Molto adagio12:55£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 3. Allegretto - maggiore 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 4. Presto - piu presto 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No. 1" - 1. Allegro11:47£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No. 1" - 2. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 9:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No. 1" - 3. Adagio molto e mesto - Theme russe (Allegro)22:30£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 1. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace11:11£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto 8:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 3. Menuetto grazioso 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 4. Allegro molto 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 1. Poco adagio - Allegro10:39£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 2. Adagio ma non troppo10:24£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 3. Presto 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 4. Allegretto con variazioni 6:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 1. Maestoso - allegro 7:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile - andante con moto - adagio molto espressivo18:54£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 3. Scherzando vivace 8:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 4. Finale 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 6:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro14:34£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 2. Presto 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 3. Andante con moto ma non troppo - poco scherzoso 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 4. Alla danza tedesca - allegro assai 3:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 5. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo) 8:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 6. Grosse Fuge in B flat, Op.13316:00£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 7. Alternative Finale 9:42£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 7:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 9:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 2. Allegro molto vivace 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 3. Allegro moderato0:57£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Più mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e sempl15:57£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 5. Presto 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 6. Adagio quasi un poco andante 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 7. Allegro 6:50£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 8:

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Listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro10:17£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 2. Allegro ma non tanto 8:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 3. Molto adagio: Conzone di ringraziamento offerta alla divinità da un guarito, in modo lidico - Andante: Sentendo nuova forza17:59£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 4. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Più allegro - Presto 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 5. Allegro appassionato 6:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 1. Allegretto 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 2. Vivace 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo 9:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 4. Grave ma non troppo - Allegro (Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß) 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robinson on 22 Jan 2009
The Beethoven string quartets form an amazing body of music, composed over his lifetime. There is not a flat spot in there and, right from the off, they match, if not exceed all others. Don't be fooled by the so-called 'early' quartets, they were published when Beethoven was 30 and already an established star of the piano - he'd already written 10 sonatas, including the Pathetique.

I own a number of Beethoven String Quartet whole or partial cycles, including the Busch, Vegh, Talich, Takacs, Italian, Mosaiques, Alban Berg and Emerson (best avoided) and I've spent a number of years on the elusive search for the 'perfect' cycle.

I have to say that these recordings come as close as any, and at £20 for 8 CDs, you can't go far wrong. The Lindsays are the quartet that I come back to again and again, although you should not be disappointed with any of the above (the Busch version is regarded as definitive by purists, as with Schnabel's recordings of the piano sonatas, if you can put up with 1930's quality sound and some slightly ropey playing!).

The earlier cycle by the Lindsays is also worth listening to, but this cycle seems to bring a depth of understanding and feeling that can only come with age and experience.

One thing I must address: some reviewers complain about the 'rough and ready' of some of the Lindsays recordings and prefer a more high-gloss approach, but I think that completely misses the point. If you want to hear the real Beethoven, this is where to start - especially as the Takacs recordings (my other favourite) will cost you twice as much!
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By Tere on 22 Jan 2014
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I'm not an expert, but I love this recording. If you like The Lindsays interpretation of these Quartets, have little money and don't mind too much about looking for the themes in the book or changing cd's for the right order, this is a very goog choice.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb 2012
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The greatness of the Lindsays in Beethoven is well known. I think my entry to the world of the string quartets was courtesy of the Italian Quartet, then bits and pieces with the Alban Berg and Vegh foursomes; however, it was the Lindsays who fleshed out the emotion and penetrated to the soul of this, the greatest of composers.

So why only 3-stars?

One mustn't forget that the Lindsays set down a second cycle in the early noughties, one which allegedly improved on the sound and even at times on the playing of these, the earlier 1970s/80s sessions. I say that, but here we come to my major gripe, looking to the long term: presentation.

A slim-line box almost too tall for my CD shelves, and that's partly to do with the use of cardboard rather than paper sleeves - paper is better because the discs slide out easier. Then there's the annoying economies over information. Where in the package does it even mention when or where these quartet recordings were made? Nowhere that I can see. On the back of the box is some encomia for the Lindsays but no index of the CD content and tracklistings; for that, you have to open the box and then open the booklet, or flip each of the sleeves over, and here we come to a related bother - the quartets are not in order. They go 1-5, 11, 6, 8, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, GF, 14-16.

Now this might look like nit-picking but in an age where people are often choosing music that is delivered in shall we say a virtual way, i.e. downloading it, music shared in a physical form like a CD in a box doesn't have to be beautiful or lavish but efficiency is a must. I dig out the Lindsays' box-set, thinking to listen to Op.59 No.1. I should be able to look on the back, see it listed for CD4, Tracks 1-4. Instead I have to delve into the booklet.
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Lindsays Beethoven 20 Sep 2013
By Richard E Simnett - Published on Amazon.com
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I like these performances because on occasion the quartet lets rip-as though swept up in the music. If you require perfect intonation and synchronisation these may not be for you- and on the occasions I feel that way the Takacs and Italian qt cycles are ideal. Of the 10+ cycles of these works I have, these are in the top 3. (Others include Alban Berg Qt (2), Amadeus Qt, Borodin Qt, Hungarian Qt (excellent in the EMI Beethoven collectors set, among others), Fine Arts Qt, Alexander Qt, Takacs, Italian, Guarneri)
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