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Duration 1h 15m 05s
Record Label BIS
Catalogue No. BIS-2488
Release Date October 1, 2021
Genre Classical
 

Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18 Nos. 1-3

Chiaroscuro Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1  
1.1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
8:55
1.2
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
9:37
1.3
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
3:15
1.4
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
6:41
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2  
1.5
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
7:37
1.6
II. Adagio cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
5:15
1.7
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
4:08
1.8
IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
5:34
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3  
1.9
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
7:50
1.10
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
7:00
1.11
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
3:00
1.12
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Chiaroscuro Quartet
6:13
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Duration    1h 15m 05s
For a string player, Beethoven’s 16 quartets are of an importance similar to that of his sonatas to a pianist, or his symphonies to a conductor. As a body they form the culmination of all the chamber music composed before them, and to this day they remain a benchmark for every composer of string quartets. The Chiaroscuro Quartet begin their cycle of these works at the same place as Beethoven did, with the Op. 18 set which occupied him intensively for the best part of two years (1798 – 1800). The effort he put into these quartets was surely due to the fact that he had much to live up to – they would be measured against those of Haydn and Mozart, who had raised the genre to a supreme vehicle for ‘learned’ taste and subtle, civilized musical discourse. Beethoven was clearly determined that the six Op.?18 quartets should present the widest possible overview of his art. Of the three works included on this first volume, No.?1 in F major is the most imposing in scale and the widest in expressive range. In comparison, the second quartet, in G major, is more urbane and light-hearted, recreating the spirit of an eighteenth-century comedy of manners à la Haydn. The most lyrical of the set is Quartet No.?3 in D major, which despite its numbering was probably the first quartet that Beethoven completed.
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