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Beethoven: Complete Works for String Quartet

Miró 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; Miró Quartet
9:08
1.2
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appasionato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:44
1.3
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:14
1.4
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:33
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2  
1.5
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:28
1.6
II. Adagio cantabile - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:58
1.7
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:15
1.8
IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:08
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3  
1.9
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:23
1.10
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:33
1.11
III. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:00
1.12
IV. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:07
String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4  
2.1
I. Allegro ma non tanto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:20
2.2
II. Scherzo. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:22
2.3
III. Minuet. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:03
2.4
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:28
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5  
2.5
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:33
2.6
II. Menuetto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:35
2.7
III. Andante cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
10:15
2.8
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:21
String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6  
2.9
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:45
2.10
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:43
2.11
III. Scherzo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:04
2.12
IV. La malinconia. Adagio - V. Allegretto quasi allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:36
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 1"  
3.1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:41
3.2
II. Alegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:47
3.3
III. Adagio molto e mesto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
13:05
3.4
IV. Thème russe. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:03
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 2"  
4.1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
12:46
4.2
II. Molto adagio. Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
12:05
4.3
III. Allegretto - Maggiore. Thème russe
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:17
4.4
IV. Finale. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:10
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 3"  
4.5
I. Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
10:15
4.6
II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:33
4.7
III. Menuetto grazioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:01
4.8
IV. Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:48
String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 "Harp"  
5.1
I. Poco adagio - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:33
5.2
II. Adagio ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:15
5.3
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:03
5.4
IV. Allegretto con variazioni
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:42
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"  
5.5
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:36
5.6
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:56
5.7
III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:35
5.8
IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
4:52
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127  
6.1
I. Maestoso - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:31
6.2
II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
14:20
6.3
III. Scherzo. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
8:22
6.4
IV. Finale. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:38
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131  
6.5
I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:34
6.6
II. Allegro molto vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
2:55
6.7
III. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
0:50
6.8
IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
14:03
6.9
V. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
5:28
6.10
VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
1:58
6.11
VII. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:44
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130  
7.1
I. Adagio, ma non troppo - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
13:34
7.2
II. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
2:04
7.3
III. Poco scherzoso. Andante con moto ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:13
7.4
IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:39
7.5
V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:21
7.6
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
15:37
7.7
VI. Finale. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
10:02
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 "Heiliger Dankgesang"  
8.1
I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:40
8.2
II. Allegro ma non tanto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
9:14
8.3
III. Molto adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
19:40
8.4
IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
2:15
8.5
V. Allegro appassionato - Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:29
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135  
8.6
I. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:42
8.7
II. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
3:27
8.8
III. Assai lento, cantante e tranquillo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
6:46
8.9
IV. Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Miró Quartet
7:01
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    8:33:46
The Miró Quartet, generally considered as one of the most established US classical ensembles, makes its PENTATONE debut with a complete recording of the Beethoven string quartets. Beethoven’s quartets truly stand at the centre of the repertoire, and present the summit for any quartet. Listening to Beethoven’s entire string quartet oeuvre – from the early op. 18 volume and Rasumovsky quartets to the otherworldly and modern-sounding pieces written during his final years – is a life-changing experience, and so is performing them integrally.

This collection offers the results of 15 years of playing and recording Beethoven, and not only anticipates the 2020 commemoration of the composer’s 250th birthday, but also the 25th anniversary of the Miró Quartet itself.
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Disc 1, Tracks 9-12; Disc 2, Tracks 1-12 – 88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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