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Beethoven:Complete String Quartets (8 CD set) Box set, Import

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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0000DET84
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Paperback
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: Allegro con brio
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: Adagio affetuoso ed appassionato
  3. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: Scherzo, Allegro molto
  4. String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18/1: Allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18/5: Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18/5: Menuetto
  7. String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18/5: Andante cantabile
  8. String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18/5: Allegro

Disc: 2

  1. String Quartet No. 2 in G major ('Compliments'), Op. 18/2: Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in G major ('Compliments'), Op. 18/2: Adagio cantabile
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in G major ('Compliments'), Op. 18/2: Scherzo, Allegro
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in G major ('Compliments'), Op. 18/2: Allegro molto, quasi Presto
  5. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18/3: Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18/3: Andante con moto
  7. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18/3: Allegro
  8. String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18/3: Presto
  9. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: Allegro, ma non tanto
  10. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: Scherzo, Andante scherzoso, quasi Allegretto
  11. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: Menuetto, Allegretto
  12. String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4: Allegro

Disc: 3

  1. String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6: Allegro con brio
  2. String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6: Adagio, ma non troppo
  3. String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6: Scherzo, Allegro
  4. String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6: La Malinconia, Adagio - Allegretto quasi Allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ('Rasumovsky No. 1'), Op. 59/1: Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ('Rasumovsky No. 1'), Op. 59/1: Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
  7. String Quartet No. 7 in F major ('Rasumovsky No. 1'), Op. 59/1: Adagio molto e mesto - Finale. Presto

Disc: 4

  1. String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ('Rasumovsky No. 2'), Op. 59/2: Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ('Rasumovsky No. 2'), Op. 59/2: Molto Adagio
  3. String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ('Rasumovsky No. 2'), Op. 59/2: Allegretto
  4. String Quartet No. 8 in E minor ('Rasumovsky No. 2'), Op. 59/2: Finale, Presto
  5. String Quartet No. 9 in C major ('Rasumovsky No. 3'), Op. 59/3: Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
  6. String Quartet No. 9 in C major ('Rasumovsky No. 3'), Op. 59/3: Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
  7. String Quartet No. 9 in C major ('Rasumovsky No. 3'), Op. 59/3: Menuetto. Grazioso

Disc: 5

  1. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ('Harp'), Op. 74: Poco Adagio - Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ('Harp'), Op. 74: Adagio ma non troppo
  3. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major ('Harp'), Op. 74: Presto - Allegretto con Variazioni
  4. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127: Maestoso - Allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127: Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
  6. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127: Scherzando vivace
  7. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127: Finale

Disc: 6

  1. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ('Serioso'), Op. 95: Allegro con brio
  2. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ('Serioso'), Op. 95: Allegro ma non tanto - Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
  3. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ('Serioso'), Op. 95: Larghetto - Allegretto agitato
  4. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ('Heiliger Dankgesang'), Op. 132: Maestoso - Allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ('Heiliger Dankgesang'), Op. 132: Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
  6. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ('Heiliger Dankgesang'), Op. 132: Scherzando vivace
  7. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor ('Heiliger Dankgesang'), Op. 132: Finale

Disc: 7

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

Disc: 8

  1. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  2. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: Allegretto
  3. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: Vivace
  4. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: Lento assai e cantante tranquillo
  5. String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro

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I have had this recording for 25 years and it is the one that I will take to my Desert Island (and my grave). The music is deep, too deep for my amateur understanding, but nevertheless accessible - that is to say, it sounds lovely. The performances are superb. These 8 CDs are the most treasured possession that I have.

Reviews often make a comment similar to the one in the Penguin review quoted by another reviewer, "That intonation is not always perfect matters little in relation to the wisdom and experience conveyed". I agree about the wisdom and experience, but not about the intonation. I have listened to the recordings endlessly and, more importantly, so has my wife who is much more musically acute than me. Neither of us has ever identified any failure of intonation. If anyone actually has, I should be interested to know chapter and verse! My suspicion is that reviewers too often skim rather than listen deeply - and that this particular slur was made by an early (aurally challenged?) reviewer and has been repeated by successive hacks just in case there is any blemish in the recording that they failed to notice. After all, 8 hours 46 minutes of music is quite a lot to listen to carefully if you've got a publishing deadline to meet.

Buy in the confidence that there is no greater recording and no greater music. Listen to the third movement of the 15th Quartet - the "Hymn of thanksgiving" - and you will hear the most sublime playing of the most sublime music in all history.

I should add that I believe the extensive notes by Brigitte Massin that were in the booklet in the earlier box set are also included in this one. They are a model of what notes about great music should be (and also contain a couple of very funny quotes from Beethoven himself).
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This recording deserves all the stars awarded to it. Have had the FLAC download of it for some time but purchased these discs as an additional remote backup. Have several renditions by the usual suspects but this is the one I return to time and again.

Buy it - but not at this price and not from Amazon until they bring their price down.

Just don't know how Amazon can charge £64 (they're usually very competitively priced) when other online UK stores have it on offer at just over £25. (and even when that offer finishes you'll still be looking at just £35)
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Now I know why the Guardian classical music critic gave this collection five stars , its awesome ! Well defined , excellent playing and amazing quality compact discs .
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A supreme bargain at £15.85,perhaps the greatest interpretations of this timeless music ever recorded.I know there are many others of stature,but this is deservedly hailed as a masterpiece and a masterclass in Beethoven interpretation.The Penguin Guide is something I cannot always agree with,but in this instance,argument would be pointless.Also features in the Gramophone Good CD Guide,and how could it be otherwise?Snap this up now,as there is a history of these recording disappearing from the catalogue at short notice,and for long stretches.
NB. Gramophone Magazine's retailer of choice(readers know to whom I refer) are charging £32.75 for this set,and you'll pay postage on top.Act now,get this from Amazon...or should that be Amazin',at this bargain price?
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