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Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 In C Sharp Minor, Op.131

Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein

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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 - Version for String Orchestra by Dimitri Mitropoulos  
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1. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto espressivo (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
8:46
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2. Allegretto (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
3:14
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3. Allegro moderato - attacca: (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
0:54
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4. Andante, ma non troppo e molto cantabile (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
17:15
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5. Presto - Molto poco adagio - attacca (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
6:03
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6. Adagio quasi un poco andante - attacca: (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
2:45
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7. Allegro (Live)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wiener Philharmoniker; Leonard Bernstein
6:58
Total Playing Time    45:55
"Leonard Bernstein's otherwise harmonious relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic hit a few bumps when he proposed that they perform this string quartet transcription of Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131. But only a few minutes into the first rehearsal, all static evaporated. One hears why: this great, idiosyncratic piece is played with startling freshness and affection. The unanimity of the orchestra ensures that textures are rarely muddied, while the sound of massed strings gives the music a grandeur always implied but never realized by conventional string quartet performances. What comes most to the fore in this version is the music's meditative qualities. At times, the slow movements sound like Mahler, with whom Bernstein identified even more strongly than with Beethoven."
- David Patrick Stearns
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