Beethoven - String Quintets

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Beethoven - String Quintets



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1st June 2010




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Beethoven - String Quintets


String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

String Quintet in C minor, Op. 104

Fugue in D major for string quintet, Op. 137

Fine Arts Quartet with Gil Sharon (2nd viola)



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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

IV. Presto

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

BBC Music Magazine

August 2010


“...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”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2010

“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 realised in a way that always sounds rounded and well balanced.”

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