Artemis Quartett

Artemis Quartett: String Quartets Ops 18-5 18-3 135-9

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Product Type: CD

Title: String Quartets Ops 18-5 18-3 135-9
Label: Erato
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 No 5 & 3, Op. 135 No 9 / Artemis Quartet, Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Orchestra/Ensemble: Artemis String Quartet, The Artemis Quartet is now up to disc number six in their projected cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets for Virgin Classics. The Artemis cycle is proving to be one of the finest in the catalogue. Beethoven's op. 18 set of six quartets was composed as a commission from the composer's Vienna-based aristocratic benefactor Prince Franz Joseph Lobkowitz. The numbering does not correspond to the actual composition dates. It seems that the first quartet to be completed was No. 3 in 1798/9. Commencing with an amiable section the opening Allegro develops short episodes of stormy almost angry writing. The cordial Andante con moto is here performed with a high degree of precision and elegance. Fresh and breezy in the manner of a Minuet, the movement has a pleasingly delicate and refined feel like the finest porcelain. The good-humor concluding movement - a Haydnesque Presto - just hurtles along excitedly like a thoroughbred racehorse. The Fifth Quartet is thought to be the fourth to be composed. Musicologists have generally agreed that Beethoven used Mozart's A major String Quartet, K.464 from 1785 as a model. I was immediately struck by the thrilling playing of the Artemis in the lengthy and exciting opening Allegro. The Minuet is performed so gracefully. Setting the scene was the glorious opening theme on the violins. One again praise is due to the audio production team for Virgin Classics. Recorded last winter at the Teldex Studio, Berlin the close and vividly clear sound is of the finest quality. Additionally the booklet contains a well written essay. In these exciting Beethoven performances the Artemis demonstrates an admirable rapport blending remarkable technical prowess with near flawless intonation. I cannot speak highly enough of these outstanding accounts. - Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International

Tracks:
1.1 String Quartet No.5 in a Major Op.18 No.5: I. Allegro 10:20
1.2 String Quartet No.5 in a Major Op.18 No.5: II. Menuetto ; Trio 4:45
1.3 String Quartet No.5 in a Major Op.18 No.5: III. Andante Cantabile 9:33
1.4 String Quartet No.5 in a Major Op.18 No.5: IV. Allegro 6:06
1.5 String Quartet No.3 in D Major Op.18 No.3: I. Allegro 7:20
1.6 String Quartet No.3 in D Major Op.18 No.3: II. Andante Con Moto 7:46
1.7 String Quartet No.3 in D Major Op.18 No.3: III. Allegro 2:47
1.8 String Quartet No.3 in D Major Op.18 No.3: IV. Presto 6:00
1.9 String Quartet No.16 in F Major 'Muss Es Sein? Es Muss Sein!' Op.135: I. Allegretto 6:23
1.10 String Quartet No.16 in F Major 'Muss Es Sein? Es Muss Sein!' Op.135: II. Vivace 3:18
1.11 String Quartet No.16 in F Major 'Muss Es Sein? Es Muss Sein!' Op.135: III. Lento Assai E Cantante Tranquillo 6:29
1.12 String Quartet No.16 in F Major 'Muss Es Sein? Es Muss Sein!' Op.135: IV. Grave Ma Non Troppo Tratto - Allegro 7:03

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