I can’t speak to the packaging, since I bought the MP3 download (not from Amazon, sorry). This box set, covering eight of Beethoven's 16 string quartets, might be called extreme Beethoven, and the beauty of extreme playing is that if the group has the technical chops to hold it together, it can be very exciting indeed. Not so here! The Tetlaffs deliver cool but searching late Beethoven. et al. The early Op. Throughout, there are small, well-considered, exhaustively rehearsed details. You can unsubscribe at any time. This is difficult to pull off, and other quartets that emphasize the violence of this movement often generate a perfunctory second theme. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The Belcea Quartet won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. That a group may record and release the quartets out of order is perfectly understandable, but to release them in a complete edition in a jumbled order is not. 131 receives a tremendous account, encompassing both its violence and its serenity, which is lacking from some of the others. And there too were hardy listeners, though not many of them, as another storm was making travel around the city difficult; the 600-seat Zankel Hall appeared to be less than half full. What is important to me is the quality of the playing and the dedication and musicality. Well worth the price, Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015, excellent production and outstanding performance. An excellent traversal of the Beethoven Quartets by the Belcea Quartet. These live performances from the Snape Maltings Hall in Aldeburgh are excellently-recorded and equally well-played, and it’s up to the listener to try to keep up with the caffeinated hyper-activity as each new musical impulse is animated with the energy of a game-show host. Second, the CDs are labelled as CD 1, CD 2, etc., with no indication of the contents (I wrote them on the paper sleeves). Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. 127 strikes me as less successful compared with some of its great past recordings. You know when a part in a movie or play is marred by overacting? Savall’s Revolutionary fervour brings snap, crackle and pop to five of Beethoven’s best. Get the latest round-up of arts, culture, news and reviews delivered to your inbox every Saturday. 18 quartets have an obstreperous quality, especially in the scherzos and minuets, that seems to fit very well with what is known of the young Beethoven's personality. The absence of a powerful first violinist is what in the later years of the Budapest Quartet is what in retrospect , when I listen to their performances now, was a detriment. Many hands make Beethoven light (sometimes heavy) work. 11 in F minor, Op. As a result of street closures Carnegie had to cancel or postpone some two dozen events, one of the last being the first Belcea concert, on Tuesday. The Quartet embarked on the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, playing the whole program within twelve days and brings a freshness to their interpretation of Beethoven’s string quartets, and draws forth a great range of colours, from sweetness to strength, from solemnity to impetuous force. But there the game performers were on Wednesday evening, first off the mark when Carnegie reopened for business, with their second program of two quartets (Opp. It recorded all 16 of his string quartets for release beginning this fall (on Zig-Zag Territoires) and is performing complete cycles of them throughout Europe. Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2015. Fourth, the booklet says nothing about the music. Based on reviews, the complete cycle from the Belcea Quartet (24/96 downloads from Linn) sounds like a recent contender. Ambitiously, the Belcea Quartet have recorded the complete 16 String Quartets of Beethoven, issued in two boxes, of which this is the first. Finally it had three concerts of Beethoven scheduled for this week, but Hurricane Sandy intervened, leaving a crane boom dangling some 70 stories above 57th Street almost directly opposite Carnegie Hall. Video is visual. 1: Nos 1, 2, 4, 6 , 9, 11, 12 & 14PERFORMER: Belcea QuartetCATALOGUE NO: ZZT315. The cancellation of the first concert erased three quartets (Opp. Trevino reveals himself as a lean, lithe, fresh-sounding Beethovenian. 127 and 130). It’s the music that counts. This page works best with JavaScript. 131, the Belcea sets aside any exotica for a deeply transcendent reading that progresses inexorably through the seven movements from a solemn opening fugue to the ethereal decorations of the end. 95). Some of it’s deeply felt, like the slow movement of the first Razoumovsky Quartet, for instance, but it never dwells there, as if settlement on a definitive point-of-view is impossible when there are still so many musical hyperlinks to click on. If you use CD booklets to learn about the music (pathetic with most CD companies these days), you will not find anything useful here. Great music, lousy packaging. As a previous reviewer indicated, the packaging leaves much to be desired. Edit/News 10/07/17: Melodiya has, after being contacted by ionarts, found the tapes for the Beethoven String Quartet's Beethoven String Quartet cycle (try searching for that one on Amazon or Google!) John Walker - IT Executive. 2. Led by Adès, Beethoven and Gerald Barry make for unlikely bedfellows. I am also pleased with their Bartok set. It pushes tempos to perilous levels but keeps the music on track and organized into larger structures. I tend to like my Beethoven with brisk tempos and little rubato. You can imagine them recording these works again in ten years’ time. The last 4 in particular are gems. So passionate , so musical, without loosing control. I could give countless examples of certain movements or phrases which were so musical, so passionate and often refreshingly new to me who has listened to these pieces for over half a century. A lot of it sounds like Beethoven is stuck in the mud. Weather permitting, the third — whoops, second — concert in the series, on Friday evening, should allow listeners to concentrate solely on the music, which concludes with the stunning Quartet in C sharp minor (Op. During these challenging times for the arts industry, many have set up services to deal specifically with the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the arts community. This box set, covering eight of Beethoven's 16 string quartets, might be called extreme Beethoven, and the beauty of extreme playing is that if the group has the technical chops to hold it together, it can be very exciting indeed. A powerful musical force who one senses dominates the quartet as a whole. 18 works their full weight: they play wonderfully, but not, perhaps, with the intensity throughout that they are capable of. The Belcea’s recent immersion in Beethoven, especially late Beethoven, its violist, Krzysztof Chorzelski, said in a preconcert discussion, has resulted in “a different approach to sound,” producing a grounded, earthier sonority with a quality that is grainy and “at certain moments harsh.” To a listener who has not been able to follow the quartet’s growth in detail over the last decade, that characterization seemed apt for some raspy quiet moans and whisperings in the viola and in Antoine Lederlin’s cello.

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