Beethoven: Quartets II

Beethoven: Quartets, Vol. 2
Alban Berg Quartett
EMI Classics 54592 (4 CDs)

Contents:

    String Quartet No. 2 in G, Op. 18 No. 2
  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio cantabile
  3. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
  4. Allegro molto, quasi presto

  5. String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
  6. Allegro con brio
  7. Allegretto ma non troppo
  8. Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso
  9. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro

  10. String Quartet No. 5 in A, Op. 18 No. 5
  11. Allegro
  12. Menuetto & Trio
  13. Andante cantabile
  14. Allegro
    String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
  1. Allegro sostenuo - Allegro
  2. Allegro ma non tanto
  3. Molto adagio "Heiliger Dankgesang"
  4. Alla Marcia, assai vivace
  5. Allegro appassionato

  6. Große Fuge in Bb, Op. 133
    String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Rasumovsky"
  1. Allegro
  2. Molto adagio
  3. Allegretto
  4. Finale (Presto)

  5. String Quartet No. 6 in Bb, Op. 18 No. 6
  6. Allegro con brio
  7. Adagio, ma non troppo
  8. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
  9. Adagio (La Malinconia) - Allegretto quasi Allegro
    String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135
  1. Allegretto
  2. Vivace
  3. Lento assai e cantante tranquillo
  4. Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro

  5. String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59 No. 3 "Rasumovsky"
  6. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace
  7. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
  8. Menuetto (Grazioso) & Trio
  9. Allegro molto
  10. Speech
  11. Encore: Op.130 - V: Cavatina

Performers: Günter Pichler (violin), Gerhard Schulz (violin), Thomas Kakuska (viola), Valentin Erben (cello)

Playing time: 259'

Recording date: June 1989 (Vienna)

This cycle was recorded live over the course of consecutive evening concerts. Being live adds a nice energy to these quality interpretations.

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T. M. McComb