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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets including the Grosse Fugue (Remastered from the Original Concert-Disc Master Tapes)

Fine Arts Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1  
1.1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:24
1.2
II. Adagio affetuoso ed appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:38
1.3
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:25
1.4
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:05
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2  
1.5
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:22
1.6
II. Adagio cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:18
1.7
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:07
1.8
IV. Allegro molto quasi presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:34
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3  
1.9
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:58
1.10
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:42
1.11
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:08
1.12
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:46
String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4  
1.13
I. Allegro, ma non tanto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:07
1.14
II. Scherzo. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:05
1.15
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:17
1.16
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:20
String Quartet No. 5 in a Major, Op. 18, No. 5  
1.17
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:58
1.18
II. Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:14
1.19
III. Andante cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
10:16
1.20
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:41
String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6  
1.21
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:56
1.22
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:50
1.23
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:06
1.24
IV. La Malinconia. Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:56
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Rasumovsky 1"  
1.25
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
10:54
1.26
II. Allegro vivace e sempre scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:04
1.27
III. Adagio molto e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
11:09
1.28
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:22
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Rasumovsky 2"  
1.29
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:46
1.30
II. Molto allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
12:00
1.31
III. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:25
1.32
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:18
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Rasumovsky 3"  
1.33
I. Andante - Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
8:25
1.34
II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
8:38
1.35
III. Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:18
1.36
IV. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:53
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 "Harp"  
1.37
I. Poco adagio - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
8:03
1.38
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:51
1.39
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:06
1.40
IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:55
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95  
1.41
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:29
1.42
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:38
1.43
III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso - Più allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:40
1.44
IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
4:46
String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127  
1.45
I. Maestoso - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:54
1.46
II. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
16:12
1.47
III. Scherzando vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:04
1.48
IV. Finale
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:24
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130  
1.49
I. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
9:41
1.50
II. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
1:54
1.51
III. Andante con moto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:01
1.52
IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:25
1.53
V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:34
1.54
VI. Finale. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:49
String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131  
1.55
I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:11
1.56
II. Allegro molto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:03
1.57
III. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
0:51
1.58
IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
15:29
1.59
V. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
5:38
1.60
VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
2:05
1.61
VII. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:50
String Quartet No. 15 in a Minor, Op. 132  
1.62
I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
10:14
1.63
II. Allegro ma non tanto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:05
1.64
III. Molto adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
16:13
1.65
IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
2:20
1.66
V. Allegro appassionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:00
1.67
Grosse Fugue in B-Flat Major, Op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
15:25
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135  
1.68
I. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:51
1.69
II. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
3:12
1.70
III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
7:17
1.71
IV. Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine Arts Quartet
6:50
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    8:11:25
"One of the gold-plated names in chamber music." - Washington Post Countdown Media presents this legacy recording of the Fine Arts Quartet performing the Complete String Quartets including the Grosse Fugue from the great master of the classical and early romantic era of art music, Ludwig van Beethoven. The Fine Arts Quartet was founded in 1946, although the group's members had actually begun working together as early as 1939 while playing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Quartet's first performance took place in 1940 with Leonard Sorkin, first violinist, Ben Senescu, second violinist, Sheppard Lehnhoff, violist, and George Sopkin, cellist. Military service in World War II intervened, however, and it was not until 1946, now with the new second violinist Joseph Stepansky, that the Quartet began to rehearse and perform regularly. The Quartet released an astonishing quantity of works (over 100) during its first 30 years of existence, including cycles of chamber music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Now, Countdown Media has catalogued and collected the masters of these incredible recordings, remastering and rereleasing them in stunning modern clarity for new listeners.
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Tracks 1-71 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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