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Beethoven - Rasumovsky Quartets Op 59, Nos 1-3 [CD]

Tokyo String Quartet Audio CD

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Kikuei Ikeda, violin

Kazuhide Isomura, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and ... Read more in Amazon's Tokyo String Quartet Store

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Listen  1. Quartet VII In F major, Op.59, No.1: I. Allegro11:04Album Only
Listen  2. Quartet VII In F major, Op.59, No.1: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 9:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quartet VII In F major, Op.59, No.1: III. Adagio molto e mesto12:18Album Only
Listen  4. Quartet VII In F major, Op.59, No.1: IV. Theme russe: Allegro 8:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Quartet VIII In E Minor, Op.59, No.2: I. Allegro10:15Album Only
Listen  6. Quartet VIII In E Minor, Op.59, No.2: II. Molto Adagio12:27Album Only
Listen  7. Quartet VIII In E Minor, Op.59, No.2: III. Allegretto 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Quartet VIII In E Minor, Op.59, No.2: IV. Finale: Presto 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Quartet IX in C major, Op.59, No.3: I. Introduzione: Andante con moto-Allegro vivace10:43Album Only
Listen  2. Quartet IX in C major, Op.59, No.3: II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto 9:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Quartet IX in C major, Op.59, No.3: III. Menuetto: Grazioso 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Quartet IX in C major, Op.59, No.3: IV. Finale: Allegro molto 5:51£0.79  Buy MP3 


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4.0 out of 5 stars Silken sound, polished playing 7 Sep 2006
By JMB1014 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Tokyo quartet, now restaffed since its original cycle of the Beethoven quartets, gives a silky, elegant performance of the Razoumovsky quartets on this 2-CD set. I really wallow in the sound, especially in the opening of Op. 59, no. 1, where the cello solo gratifyingly reaches into the deep dark colors of the cello and resonates. Bravo! No one can touch this except the Quartetto Italiano. Otherwise, there is a little more restraint, emotionally, than I like with these very romantic pieces. The Razoumovsky quartets are unrivalled for sheer beauty and richness of conception and sound. This recording is more memorable for its clean, elegant qualities than for any new realization of the pieces or distinctive emotional insight. Still, if you relish the sound of super audio CDs (and these are hybrid discs you can play on any CD player - I tried it), you will find these polished renditions are well worth the extremely reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The renewed Tokyp Qt. is better than ever 15 Jan 2007
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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I hope these new recordings of the three Rasumovsky Quartets find an enthusiastic audience. After the retirement of first violinist Peter Oundjian from an injury, the Tokyo Qt. went through a transition, but they have emerged sounding better than ever, particularly in these well recorded CDs. Always known for tonal beauty and pinpoint ensemble, the Tokyp has qcquired more maturity and depth while retaining a romantic stance that's a little old-fashioned. Their expressivity stands in marked contrast to the steel polish of the Emersons and the too-fierce attack of the Takacs (now going thourhg a transition with a new violist).

I was going to write a comparative article on the Rasumovsky sets from seven different groups, but in the end I didn't have enough praise for the Guarneri, Takacs, Juilliard, or Emerson performances. For real depth and tonal beauty combined, I favor the Alban Berg over all comers. For Middle European solidity at a bargain price, the Kodaly Qt. on Naxis is quite good. For Russian musicianship at its finest, the Borodins are wonderful despite absurdly over-resonant recordings that make them sound biger than life. the new Tokyp set is right up there, however. For me, these are the best new Rasumovskys in decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great string quartet. 22 Feb 2014
By Trish - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the Razumovsky quartets more than the rest of the Beethoven quartets although I like them all. My iimpression is that these are more tuneful than the other pieces
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right in the Center of my Comfort Zone 25 Feb 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
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I consider this to be a fine addition to what eventually became a complete traversal of the Beethoven quartets by the Tokyo String Quartet in its present incarnation. At least one other reviewer has commented that the ensemble is emotionally restrained in these works. That may be so, but for my part, when it comes to compositions that lie on the cusp between the Late Classical and the Early Romantic, I usually prefer performances that lean toward the analytical side of Classical rather than the emotion side of Romantic, and these renditions strike such a pleasing balance for me -- but again, that's a personal bias. That same reviewer used the adjective elegant in connection with these performances, and that description I wholeheartedly agree with. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid recording of all three quartets 23 Aug 2013
By Harry - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently heard the Emerson String Quartet perform all three Razumovsky quartets and went looking around for a recording. What a nice surprise to find this one, especially since it features Paul Watkins, the cellist who just joined the Emerson Quartet and performed in the concert I attended. The recording itself is fine, and well worth the money.
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