Beethoven: Quartet, Op. 130 And Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

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Beethoven Quartet Op 130 And Grosse Fuge Op 133
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    1. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: I. Adagio ma non troppo; Allegro 15:13
    2. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: II. Presto 2:00
    3. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: III. Andante con moto ma non troppo 6:50
    4. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: IV. Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai 3:55
    5. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: V. Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo 7:00
    6. Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 130: VI. Finale: Allegro 10:27
    7. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 in B-Flat major 16:19

Beethoven's last five string quartets were his final musical ideas and they were not particularly appreciated, or even understood, in his own time. He introduced many new and daring concepts including the expansion of the traditional four-movement form, unexpected harmonic relationships, and the use of a wide variety of tempo changes.

His original finale to the Opus 130 String Quartet is not the one that he used for publication. The finale that he first composed and premiered was the Grosse Fuge which he later withdrew and published as a separate entity, the Opus 133. It was apparently so challenging to his listeners that he actually wrote a different finale, a much lighter movement in a sonata-rondo form.

On this recording, the listener can choose to hear the revised ending of Opus 130 or the original finale (by skipping the revised ending and going directly to the Opus 133, the Grosse Fuge).

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