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Beethoven: The Late String Quartets Op. 127 & Op. 131 CD

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Beethoven
  • Audio CD (14 Nov. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Aeon
  • ASIN: B005H3HXVY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,132 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Product Description

Founded in 1992, the New York-based Brentano Quartet is known for its interpretations combining perfect technique and matchless musicality. Those qualities are even more obvious in this series of late Beethoven quartets with this first volume bringing together the Op. 127 and 131. This pure crystal of intelligence and brilliance will doubtless constitute a milestone.

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What is so satisfying about these performances recorded at Princeton University is the overall warmth of the playing, with speeds ideally chosen and never forced, with natural rubato and shading, and with wonderfully sustained pianissimos...This is a disc that makes one want to hear the Brentanos in the other late Beethoven quartets. Anyone who fancies this generous coupling need not hesitate. - Editor's Choice March 2012 --Gramophone

This recording served as the soundtrack for Yaron Zilberman's film A Late Quartet.The following is a recent review from The Guardian.A Late Quartet is one of the week's most unexpected pleasures.What could have been a TV movie is actually a heartfelt,intelligent,unassumingly well-constructed picture about a musician who has been diagnosed in the early stages of Parkinson's.Admittedly,there are moments when it looks a bit middlebrow,a little soap opera-ish,and it inevitably suffers in comparison with Michael Haneke's Amour,which it calls to mind in one scene.But there's also a forthright unsentimentality driving the drama.Cast:Catherine Keener,Christoper Walken,Imogen Poots,Mark Ivanir,Philip Seymour Hoffman,Wallace Shawn.More on this film Christopher Walken gives a gentle and atypical performance as Peter,a much-loved and admired cellist,the emotional linchpin of the Fugue Quartet,which has been together for 25 years.He is older and wiser than the others:first violinist Daniel(Mark Ivanir),and the second violinist Robert(Philip Seymour Hoffman)and Juliette(Catherine Keener),who are a married couple.Peter tells his stunned friends that he has Parkinson's.This triggers all kinds of painful repercussions in the group dynamic.Only on hearing his news do the other three realise that they are not individual free agents;the remarkable success of the quartet means they have grown together as an organic entity,more like a four-way marriage than a family,and perhaps more intimate and mysterious than even that implies.Faced with losing Peter's emollient presence,they must confront awful questions:their musical relationship may collapse,and without that,how do they really feel about each other,and about their life choices? A movie with clarity and grownup complexity. --The Guardian


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