Beethoven: Quartets Opus 18, Volume 1

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Beethoven: Quartets Opus 18, Volume 1

Awards:

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - September 2013

Label:

Vivat

Catalogue No:

VIVAT103

Discs:

1

Release date:

10th June 2013

Barcode:

0680569819055

Length:

78 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Beethoven: Quartets Opus 18, Volume 1


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5


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Third release on the new VIVAT label features the world-renowned Allegri String Quartet in the first of their new Beethoven Quartets series.

Beethoven’s remarkable Opus 18 quartets are full of energy and variety, optimistic yet passionate, brimming with invention and enthusiasm. Early Beethoven they may be, but the composer was already a complete master of the quartet, revolutionising the form.

The Allegri String Quartet celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2013, making them one of Britain’s longest-established chamber ensembles. Their acclaimed Beethoven series in concert and on CD is a central pillar of their celebrations.

Recorded at very high resolution (192kHz, 24-bit) in the well-nigh perfect acoustics of The Menuhin Hall, the recording brings unparalleled clarity and richness to the quartet’s sound.

Full-length disc (78’41”) with high quality documentation in three languages.

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4

String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: I. Allegro ma non tanto

String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: II. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto

String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: III. Menuetto (Allegretto)

String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: IV. Allegro - Prestissimo

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: I. Allegro

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: II. Andante con moto

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: III. Allegro

String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: IV. Presto

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5

String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: I. Allegro

String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: II. Menuetto

String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: III. Andante cantabile con variazioni

String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: IV. Allegro

The Observer

2nd June 2013

“The current line-up plays with unforced elegance and cleanness of detail, avoiding heavy gesture in favour of nimble energy.”

Sunday Times

16th June 2013

“The Allegri play intensely, but also gracefully; they know when to give the music space...Their tempo for No 3’s andante con moto is actually slower than No 5’s andante cantabile in the same time signature, but I don’t blame them for relishing its beauties. All three finales are brilliant. This is an exhilarating disc.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2013

“Consistently, the ensemble is admirably crisp, with fine control of dynamic shading , and with rhythms crisply sprung...like the interpretations themselves [the recording] offers an undistracting view of each work, simply letting one enjoy the freshness of Beethoven in youthful high spirits. I look forward to more discs in the series.”

The Arts Desk

27th July 2013

“Fantastic music, winningly performed and warmly recorded...I like this group’s unsentimental, vibrato-free approach to Beethoven’s slow movements – the Andante Cantabile of no 5 is immaculately sustained at a flowing tempo”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2013

*****

“the Allegri Quartet is still alive and well, and the first thing that needs to be said about the performances is how likeable they are: the playing has all the intelligence, energy and expressive freedom that are needed to convey the wilfully original character of Beethoven's early String Quartets.”

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