Beethoven: Complete String Quartet Vol.1 Inventions

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Beethoven: Complete String Quartet Vol.1 Inventions
Cuarteto Casals

[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018

Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven's string quartets, the Cuarteto Casals presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer's career: his formative years, the so-called 'heroic' middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition reveals how his superhuman struggle for perfection informed a musical language of breathtaking originality in tandem with a depth of expression without precedent in this genre, of which Beethoven is the uncontested master.

"Strong, muscular but sensitive playing with forward-moving rhythmic impetus keeps the ear alert. A great journey begins." Observer


String Quartet no. 12 op. 127
E-flat major / Mi bémol majeur / Es-Dur
1 I. Maestoso. Allegro
2 II. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
3 III. Scherzo vivace. Trio
4 IV. Finale. Allegro

String Quartet no. 16 op. 135
F major / Fa majeur / F-Dur
5 I. Allegretto
6 II. Vivace
7 III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
8 IV. Grave, ma non troppo tratto. Allegro