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Beethoven - String Quintet; String Rarities

Quatuor Ysaÿe Audio CD

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1. String Quintet, Op. 29 - Shuli Waterman/Quatuor Ysaye
2. Fugue, Op. 137 - Shuli Waterman/Quatuor Ysaye
3. Quartet Fragment
4. Minuet, Hess 33
5. Prelude and Fugue, Hess 30
6. Arrangement of the Fugue from Handel's, 'Solomon' Overture, Hess 36
7. Arrangement of the Piano Sonata, Op. 14, No. 1, Hess 34

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Interesting Exercises 8 Jan 2007
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
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This disc is composed of lesser heard string music by Beethoven, written in his 20s and 30s. The longest work is the Op. 29 String Quintet, which is interesting in its way if nothing profound, though the last two movements -- the very last in particular -- are more taut and tightly focused than the first two. Four of the other selections are fairly nondescript pieces that range from 37 secons to just under three minutes: A fugue from 1817, a quartet fragment from the same year, a minutet from the early 1790s, and an arrangement of music from Handel's Solomon that dates from 1798. There's also a Prelude & Fugue from the mid-1790s. Again, all the preceding is certainly music that's okay but hardly anything to write home about. For me the most interesting part of the release is the last selection: Beethoven's 1802 arrangement for string quartet of his Piano Sonata No. 9. Actually, it perhaps is not so much an arrangement as an almost new composition: The work is transposed from E major to F and new passages are added. I actually prefer this incarnation to the keyboard original, and for me it's in the end the main if not only draw here. Whether the novelty of the 14-minute piano sonata arrangement is enough for you as well is something I can't answer. In passing, let me note that the Ysaye Quartet, with the sometimes addition of violist Shuli Waterman, play with more than competence on this disc largely spent on rather ordinary music.
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