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Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 16, Opp. 131, 135 (CD)

By: Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


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DISC 1 for Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 16, Opp. 131, 135 (CD) Album By Ludwig van Beethoven
1   String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: 1. Allegretto
2   String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: 2. Vivace
3   String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: 3. Lento assai e cantante tranquillo
4   String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135: 4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß. Grave (Muß es sein?) - Allegro (Es muß sein) - Grave, ma
5   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 1. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto espressivo
6   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 2. Allegretto
7   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 3. Allegro moderato
8   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 4. Andante, ma non tropo e molto cantabile - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio
9   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 5. Presto
10   String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: 6. Adagio quasi un poco andante

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Album Description

Deutsche Grammophon concludes its series of Leonard Bernstein''s final recordings with orchestrations of two of Beethoven''s late string quartets.
Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 10-NOV-1992

Product Notes

Leonard Bernstein's otherwise harmonious relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic hit a few bumps when he proposed that they perform this string quartet transcription of Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131. But only a few minutes into the first rehearsal, all static evaporated. One hears why: this great, idiosyncratic piece--along with the Quartet in F, op. 135--is played with startling freshness and affection. The unanimity of the orchestra ensures that textures are rarely muddied, while the sound of massed strings gives the music a grandeur always implied but never realized by conventional string quartet performances. What comes most to the fore in this version is the music's meditative qualities. At times, the slow movements sound like Mahler, with whom Bernstein identified even more strongly than with Beethoven. --David Patrick Stearns



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