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Beethoven - String Quartets Op. 74 & Op. 130

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Chiaroscuro Quartet
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2668 SACD
EAN 7318599926681
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2023
Total time 71'26

An exploration of the night, for string ensemble
After the six Op. 18 quartets, the much-acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet now turns to two masterpieces from Beethoven’s middle and late periods. String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74, nicknamed ‘Harp’ because of the abundant pizzicati in its first movement, comes across as a genial and unproblematic work that was very well received immediately upon publication and has remained one of the composer’s best-loved quartets. &&&

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130, is in a very different vein. Belonging to the series of so-called ‘late’ quartets composed between 1824 and 1826, it is a six-movement structure modelled on an eighteenth-century divertimento, adding two movements to the traditional four-movement scheme: an Alla danza tedesca and a Cavatina. Despite its evocation of an archaic dance, the Alla danza tedesca is typically Beethovenian, with its original treatment of dynamics. The Cavatina, which moved the composer to tears during its composition, is a lyrical and moving piece. Beethoven had intended to conclude this imposing work with a large-scale fugue, but its boldness baffled his first listeners and, at the request of his publisher, he resorted instead to a more approachable movement presenting a mixture of laconic dryness and, in places, tender lyricism.
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
  String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, 'Harp', Op. 74 29'43
01 I. Poco adagio - Allegro 9'38
02 II. Adagio ma non troppo 9'06
03 III. Presto - Più presto quasi prestissimo - Tempo I 4'57
04 IV. Allegretto con variazioni 6'02
  String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 41'39
05 I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro 13'30
06 II. Presto 2'14
07 III. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzoso 6'51
08 IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai 3'13
09 V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo 5'57
10 VI. Finale. Allegro 9'54
  Album total 71'26
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
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