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Prism II

Danish String Quartet

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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869  
Fugue in B Minor, BWV 869 (Arr. Förster for Strings)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Emanuel Aloys Förster; Danish String Quartet
String Quartet No. 3  
1. Andante
Alfred Schnittke; Danish String Quartet
2. Agitato
Alfred Schnittke; Danish String Quartet
3. Pesante
Alfred Schnittke; Danish String Quartet
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130  
1. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
2. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
3. Poco scherzando. Andante con moto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
4. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
5. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
6. Große Fuge, Op. 133 (Ouverture. Allegro – Fuga)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Danish String Quartet
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    76:16
The Danish String Quartet’s Grammy-nominated Prism project links Bach fugues, late Beethoven quartets and works by modern masters. In volume two of the series, Bach’s Fugue in Bb minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier (in the arrangement by Viennese composer Emanuel Aloys Förster) is brought together with Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 and Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No.3 (composed in 1983). As the quartet explains, “A beam of music is split through Beethoven’s prism. The important thing to us is that these connections be experienced widely. We hope the listener will join us in the wonder of thee beams of music that travel all the way from Bach through Beethoven to our own times.”

Recorded in historic Reitstadel Neumarkt and produced by Manfred Eicher, the album is issued as the Danish String Quartet embarks on a tour with dates on both sides of the Atlantic, climaxing with a run of Prism concerts on the West Coast of the U.S. The Quartet plays the full Prism cycle at La Jolla Music Society over five concerts in late November.
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