Beethoven: Piano Quartets (3), WoO 36

Naxos: 8570998

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Beethoven: Piano Quartets (3), WoO 36

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570998
(8.570998)

Discs:

1

Release date:

27th April 2009

Barcode:

0747313099870

Length:

64 minutes

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From the pen of the fifteen-year-old Beethoven, these three piano quartets are among the earliest examples of a chamber music genre that would not reach full maturity until the time of Brahms.

Beethoven’s path-breaking essays stand beside those of Mozart (Naxos 8554274), also dating from the mid-1780s. In them the teenage composer and virtuoso pianist exuberantly explores the relationship between the strings and piano, and would later borrow from them for his Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 (8550150).

With this recording the New Zealand Piano Quartet makes its Naxos début.

“The New Zealand Piano Quartet distinguished itself once again with a superb recital … and has quickly established itself as one of the country's pre-eminent chamber music ensembles…. Its members’ fine balance, obvious empathy, and enjoyment for the music produced rewarding performances with a programme of three piano quartets.” The Daily Post, Rotorua

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36, No. 3

I. Allegro vivace

II. Adagio con espressione

III. Rondo: Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E flat major, WoO 36, No. 1

I. Adagio assai

II. Allegro con spirito

III. Theme and variations: Cantabile

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in D major, WoO 36, No. 2

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante con moto

III. Rondo: Allegro

BBC Music Magazine

August 2009

***

“These resourceful works by the 15-year-old Beethoven contain sufficient glimpses of his mature style to warrant the occasional airing. Good solid performances that manages to convey some of the music's boldness and charm.”

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