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Beethoven & Hillborg: Chamber Works

Calder Quartet

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String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3  
1.1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
8:15
1.2
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
8:10
1.3
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
2:58
1.4
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
7:02
1.5
Kongsgaard Variations
Anders Hillborg; Calder Quartet
13:58
String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131  
1.6
I. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
6:15
1.7
II. Allegro molto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
3:14
1.8
III. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
0:47
1.9
IV. Andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
13:20
1.10
V. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
5:48
1.11
VI. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
2:03
1.12
VII. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Calder Quartet
7:03
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    78:53
The Calder Quartet invites you on a journey from early to late Beethoven, passing through an exciting contemporary piece by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg along the way. Beethoven’s Op. 131 string quartet, that concludes this album, is already a great adventure in its own right, with its seven movements full of fugal writing, harmonic explorations, variations and passages filled with operatic drama. Hearing this late masterpiece together with the much more classical, but equally lively, Op. 18 no. 3 quartet opens our ears to the exceptional richness of Beethoven’s musical universe. Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations reveals unexpected sonic relationships to Beethoven’s variation technique, underlining the modernity of the older composer. This all leads to a program that is lively, layered and ravishingly beautiful.

Hailed as one of the most exciting classical music groups of the United States, the Calder Quartet now presents the first fruit of its exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE.
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