Beethoven: The Complete Quartets

Cleveland Quartet

Beethoven The Complete Quartets
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    DISC ONE  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6: I. Allegro con brio 5:44
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6: II. Adagio ma non troppo 6:54
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6: III. Scherzo: Allegro 3:04
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6: IV. La Malinconia: Adagio; Allegretto Quasi Alleg 8:13
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky:" I. Allegro 10:22
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky:" II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzand 9:01
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky:" III. Adagio Molto e mesto 12:32
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Razumovsky:" IV. Theme russe: Allegro 8:10
    DISC TWO  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Razumovsky:" I. Allegro 13:38
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Razumovsky:" II. Molto adagio: Si tratta questo pezzo 12:38
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Razumovsky:" III. Allegretto 6:46
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Razumovsky:" IV. Finale: presto 5:29
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky:" I. Introduzione: Andante con moto; Allegr 10:31
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky:" II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto 8:46
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky:" III. Menuetto Grazioso 5:21
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Razumovsky:" IV. Allegro molto 6:05
    DISC THREE  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, "The Harp:" I. Poco adagio; Allegro 9:36
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, "The Harp:" II. Adagio ma non troppo 9:48
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, "The Harp:" III: Presto 4:46
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, "The Harp:" IV. Allegretto con variazioni 6:42
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Tquartetto Serioso:" I. Allegro ma non troppo 4:20
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Tquartetto Serioso:" II. Allegretto ma non troppo 7:01
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Tquartetto Serioso:" III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 4:32
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, "Tquartetto Serioso:" IV. Larghetto espressivo; Allegretto ag 4:44
    DISC FOUR  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1: I. Allegro con brio 9:29
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1: II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato 9:22
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto; Trio 3:21
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1: IV. Allegro 6:46
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: I. Allegro 7:37
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile 6:19
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: III. Scherzo: Allegro; Trio 4:18
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18, No. 2: IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto 5:31
    9. Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: I. Allegro 7:33
    10. Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: II. Andante con moto 7:31
    11. Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: III. Allegro 2:50
    12. Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3: IV. Presto 5:51
    DISC FIVE  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: I. Allegro ma non tanto 8:31
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: II. Andante scherzo quasi allegretto 6:50
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: III. Menuetto: Allegro; Trio 3:28
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4: IV. Allegro 4:17
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: I. Allegro 6:29
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: II. Menuetto; Trio 4:33
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: III. Andante cantabile 9:52
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5: IV. Allegro 6:43
    DISC SIX  
    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
    DISC SEVEN  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127: I. Maestoso-Allegro 7:05
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127: II. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo e Molto Cantible 16:15
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127: III. Scherzando Vivace 8:16
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127: IV. Finale 6:59
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo e Molto Espressivo 7:27
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: II. Allegro Molto Vivace 3:01
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: III. Allegro Moderato
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: IV. Andante, Ma Non Troppo e Molto Cantible 13:48
    9. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: V. Presto 5:18
    10. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: VI. Adagio Quasi un Poco Andante 2:08
    11. Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: VII. Allegro 6:49
    DISC EIGHT  
    1. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro 9:53
    2. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: II. Allegro ma non tanto 8:43
    3. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: III. Molto adagio 17:08
    4. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132: IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace 2:23
    5. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, Mvt. 5, Allegro appassionato 7:01
    6. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135: I. Allegretto 6:25
    7. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135: II. Vivace 3:12
    8. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, catante e tranquillo 7:40
    9. Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 135: IV. Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro 6:45

For more than a quarter of a century, the Cleveland Quartet has been hailed as one of the premier string quartets of our time. Since its founding in 1969, it has played more than 2,000 concerts (including appearnaces in music capitols throughout the world), created award-winning recordings of more than sixty chamber works, presented premieres and repeat performances of new music by contemporary composers, and spent countless hours as dedicated teachers-performers. Following its December 1995 Farewell Recital, having achieved an unrivalled record of artistic success, the Quartet disbanded where it began, in Cleveland. Their 1995 Telarc recording of the String Quartet by Corigliano, commissioned by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the group's Farewell Tour, won two Grammy Awards, for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

The ensemble's series of the complete Beethoven string quartets for Telarc has been critically acclaimed since its inception. Begun and completed during 1995, the performances reflect a culmination of over twenty-five years of refined, world-renowned ensemble playing. Here Telarc offers this legendary series of recordings complete for the first time, in a beautifully boxed 8-CD set.

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