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One of the best-kept secrets of chamber music, Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29, was written between the well-known ‘early’ and ‘middle’ string quartets.
This strangely neglected masterpiece of startling originality is coupled here with Beethoven’s own transcription for string quintet of his early Piano Trio in C minor and the Fugue in D major, a musical curiosity written as an inducement to his publisher to make fewer printing errors.
The Fine Arts Quartet has made many highly acclaimed Naxos recordings.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quintet in C major, Op. 29
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio molto espressivo
III. Scherzo: Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quintet in C minor, Op. 104 (arr. of Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 3)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con variazioni
III. Menuetto: Quasi allegro
IV. Finale: Prestissimo
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fugue in D major, Op. 137
Fugue in D major, Op. 137
“...the enlarged Fine Arts Quartet delivers a strongly committed performance of [the C major String Quintet], supported by a beautifully balanced but clear recording. They are particularly admirable in the finale, relishing the music's sudden bursts of aggression as well as its moments of outrageous humour”
“The highly experienced Fine Arts Quartet (and their guest) represent a style of string-playing that places great stress on beautiful, rich tone. Beethoven's challenging, wonderfully imaginative writing for quintet in both the main works here...is realised in a way that always sounds rounded and well balanced.”