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Beethoven: The Middle Quartets

Arianna String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1  
1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
10:55
2
II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
9:17
3
III. Adagio molto e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
13:24
4
IV. Thème russe. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
8:19
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2  
1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
9:36
2
II. Molto adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
13:14
3
III. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
8:02
4
IV. Finale. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
5:36
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 "Razumovsky"  
5
I. Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
10:44
6
II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
9:06
7
III. Menuetto. Grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
5:22
8
IV. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
5:58
String Quartet No. 10 in E Flat Major, Op. 74 "Harp"  
1
I. Poco adagio - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
9:40
2
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
9:39
3
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
5:05
4
IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
6:55
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 "Quartetto serioso"  
5
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
4:26
6
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
7:17
7
III. Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
4:37
8
IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Arianna String Quartet
4:36
Total Playing Time    2:41:48
This release sees the respected US-based chamber ensemble the Arianna String Quartet present Beethoven's five "middle period" quartets. Opening with the invigorating and lyrical String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, the Quartet tackle all three of the “Rasumovsky” quartets, written at the behest of the Russian patron of Beethoven and members of the string quartet that premiered these works. These varied and stylistically boundary-pushing pieces are then followed by the String Quartets Nos. 10 and 11, nicknamed the “Harp” and “Serioso” respectively, all of which are performed with fire and the utmost nuance by the world-class Arianna musicians.
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