- Audio CD (Feb 18 1997)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: SRI Canada
- ASIN: B000003GJU
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
|1. Qt No.16 in F, Op.135: I. Allegretto|
|2. Qt No.16 in F, Op.135: II. Vivace|
|3. Qt No.16 in F, Op.135: III. Lento Assai, Cantante E Tranquillo|
|4. Qt No.16 in F, Op.135: IV. Der Schwer Gefasste Entschluss: Grave, Ma Non Troppo Tratto-Allegro|
|5. Qt No.15 in a, Op.132: I. Assai Sostenuto|
|6. Qt No.15 in a, Op.132: II. Allegro Ma Non Tanto|
|7. Qt No.15 in a, Op.132: III. Heiliger Dankgesang Eines Genesenden An Die Gottheit...|
|8. Qt No.15 in a, Op.132: IV. Alla Marcia, Assai Vivace|
|9. Qt No.15 in a, Op.132: V. Allegro Appassionato|
|10. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: I. Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo|
|11. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: II. Allegro Molto Vivace|
|12. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: III. Allegro Moderato|
|13. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: IV. Andante Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile-Piu Mosso-Andante Moderato..|
|14. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: V. Presto|
|15. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: VI. Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante|
|16. Qt No.14 in c#, Op.131: VII. Allegro|
|17. Qt No.12 in E flat, Op.127: I. Maestoso-Allegro|
|18. Qt No.12 in E flat, Op.127: II. Adagio Ma Non E Troppo E Molto Cantabile-Andante Con Moto-Adagio...|
|19. Qt No.12 in E flat, Op.127: III. Scherzando Vivace-Presto|
|20. Qt No.12 in E flat, Op.127: IV. Finale|
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This is GREAT STUFF. These quartets have a very special and devoted audience because of their exquisite beauty. Most who hear them love these pieces very deeply. I think this is a common effect.
It is important to know that Beethoven explored things in these pieces that other musicians have been coming to grips with for well over a century and a half. These are not pieces about only charm and grace (although there is plenty of charm and grace in these pieces). These are pieces that go deep into the human soul.
If you listen very closely these pieces can seem awfully strange. But if you listen even more closely their wonder shines through. Then awhile later you realize they own you and they become transcendent and they become a special part of your life.
For extra fun, get the Dover edition of the score of the complete Beethoven String Quartets and follow along.
The sound of these recordings is awfully good for their age, but don't expect it sounding like it came from the latest equipment.
These pieces are so important that you will want to collect several versions of them. I also recommend the Guarneri Quartet recordings. There are several others.