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Beethoven: String Quartets Vol. 3

The Endellion String Quartet , Andrew Watkinson , Ralph de Souza , Garfield Jackson , David Waterman , et al. Audio CD
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  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (8 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : I Adagio, ma non troppo - Allegro"
2. Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : II Presto
3. "Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : III Andante con moto, ma non troppo"
4. Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : IV Alla danza tedesca - Allegro assai
5. Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : V Cavatina - Adagio molto espressivo
6. Beethoven : Grosse Fuge in B flat major Op.133
7. Beethoven : String Quartet No.13 in B flat major Op.130 : VI Finale - Allegro

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The third installment of the Endellion Quartet’s 9-CD cycle of Beethoven’s complete chamber works for strings.
The Endellion Quartet celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004. It has evolved into one of the UK’s most authoritative and well-loved chamber groups, performing a vast spectrum of repertoire from Haydn to Thomas Adès.
”Op 130” was the first of Beethoven’s final trilogy of string quartets, and is cast over a vast five-movement structure. Its composition was contemporary with the Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony.
”The Grosse Fuge” – originally intended as the finale to “Op 130” and later extracted as a ‘standalone’ work – is the most notoriously challenging string music that Beethoven composed.
The performances are based on the newly published and internationally acclaimed edition of Beethoven’s works by leading Beethoven scholar and musicologist Jonathan del Mar. del Mar’s editions – used by Simon Rattle, Charles Mackerras and Claudio Abbado – are at the vanguard of Beethoven research. del Mar, who will be profiled in the July 2006 issue of Classic FM magazine to tie in with this release, has unearthed numerous wrong notes throughout the quartets cycle. In this volume of quartets, “Op 130” has had significant corrections made, and del Mar has restored a cello line in the “Grosse Fuge” altered after Beethoven’s death because of its superhuman technical demands.
Striking cover artwork features profiles of Beethoven in an Andy Warhol style, and the booklet contains expert commentaries from Misha Donat and Jonathan del Mar

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WEA 256462998; WEA ITALIANA - Italia; Classica da camera Quartetto archi

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This disc is part of the whole set whose review is copied below as everything there applies to each individual disc as here.
The price of the whole set is much cheaper than for the accumulative cost of the separate discs
Buying the complete set therefore seems the best way to purchase this disc on purely financial grounds


Review for the whole set which is by far the best financial buy of these performances

This is a very complete set indeed. It includes all the quartets in the latest edition prepared by Jonathan Del Mar which restores many important markings by Beethoven and which has been done in collaboration with the Endellion Quartet. Both versions of the first quartet or included as well as Beethoven's quartet arrangement of the piano sonata Op. 14 no. 1. the Gross Fuge, both string quintets plus other works for string quartet including the two prelude and fugues.

In Beethoven's quartets there are plenty of moments of technical pressure which can so easily lead to lapses in intonation. This is a crucial consideration as poor tuning in stringed instruments can be an excruciating experience whatever the virtues of the attempted interpretation. Many reputable quartets in the past have faltered in matters of tuning and this seriously compromises musical satisfaction. More recent quartets seem to have solved this important matter and this no doubt reflects more rigorous technical training at colleges etc.

Now we have this set by the Endellions and they pass all such judgements with considerable ease. Generally they take a brisk view of these works and make the most of the dynamic markings and tempi changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine recorded performances 3 July 2008
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As in their earlier volumes in this series, the Endellion Quartet offer beautifully played and recorded performances of these pieces by Beethoven. Their approach is classically poised and yet readily delivers the emotional weight essential to Beethoven. Anyone looking for recent recordings of the string quartets will find this cd excellent value.
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