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Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets op. 59 "Razumovsky" - String Quintet op. 29

Kuijken Quartet

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String Quartet in F Major op. 59 No. 1  
1
Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
9:25
2
Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
8:41
3
Adagio molto e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
10:16
4
Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
9:11
String Quartet in E Minor op. 59 No. 2  
5
Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
10:12
6
Molto Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
11:38
7
Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
6:57
8
Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
5:35
String Quartet in C Major op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”  
1
Introduzione: Andante con moto. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
11:02
2
Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
8:10
3
Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
4:54
4
Allegretto molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
6:40
String Quintet in C Major op. 29  
5
Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
10:13
6
Adagio molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
10:37
7
Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
3:56
8
Finale. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Kuijken Quartet
9:37
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:17:04
"In a crowded field, this version stands its ground ... when it comes to capturing the intensity of creation of Beethoven's extraordinary triptych, the Kuijken Quartet are often compelling ... their sense of focus is unfailing."
- Gramophone

Beethoven was experimenting with new ideas for string quartets when he composed the three Razumovsky quartets, commissioned by Prince Razumovsky and performed in public by the first professional string quartet. Before this time, string quartet playing usually happened in living rooms, where talented amateur musicians would entertain themselves among friends. By writing string quartets, Beethoven became involved in an entirely new setting. On this double album, the period instrument specialist Kuijken Quartet has, exceptionally, chosen to use modern instruments.

"This recording was made with so-called ‘modern’ instruments. Although our name is generally linked with period performance practice, listeners should not expect or seek a deliberate, specific ‘historic’ tendency in this recording: this was not what defined our collaboration for this production."
- Sigiswald Kuijken, violinist
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Challenge Classics Studio Masters

Executive producer: Anne de Jong
Recording Producer, Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording: Northstar Recording Services BV, The Netherlands
Disc 1 Recording dates: 11-14 March 2009
Disc 2 Recording dates: 16-20 September 2006,
Recorded at: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium
A&R Challenge Records International: Wolfgang Reihing
Liner notes: Sigiswald Kuijken, Elise Simoens
Translations: Frances Thé, Barbara Gessler, Brigitte Zwerver-Berret (Muse Translations), Clémence Comte Booklet editing: Wolfgang Reihing
Cover photo: Georg Thum, Wildundleise
Art direction: Marcel van den Broek, New Art

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