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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Late Quartets (arr. T. Tønnesen for orchestra) (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Late Quartets (arr. T. Tønnesen for orchestra) (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Camerata Nordica

Orchestra

Terje Tønnesen

Conductor

Camerata Nordica

Orchestra

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 182:49
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Late Quartets (arr. T. Tønnesen for orchestra) (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

     
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

     


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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127 (arr. T. Tonnesen for string orchestra)

 
1 I. Maestoso - Allegro 06:08
2 II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile 17:59
3 III. Scherzando vivace 06:38
4 IV. Finale: Allegro - Allegro comodo 06:57
     
 

String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (arr. T. Tonnesen for string orchestra)

 
5 I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 06:37
6 II. Allegro molto vivace 02:59
7 III. Allegro moderato - Adagio 00:51
8 IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Piu mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto 13:22
9 V. Presto 05:14
10 VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante 02:09
11 VII. Allegro 06:25
     
     
     


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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 (arr. T. Tonnesen for string orchestra)

 
1 I. Adagio, ma non troppo - Allegro 12:31
2 II. Presto 02:03
3 III. Andante con moto, ma non troppo - Poco scherzoso 06:11
4 IV. Alla danza tedesca - Allegro assai 02:54
5 V. Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo 06:48
6 VI. Grosse Fuge 14:39
     
     
     


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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132 (arr. T. Tonnesen for string orchestra)

 
1 I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro 09:29
2 II. Allegro ma non tanto 06:30
3 III. Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenden an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart 15:43
4 IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Piu allegro 02:07
5 V. Allegro appassionato - Presto 06:16
     
 

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 (arr. T. Tonnesen for string orchestra)

 
6 I. Allegretto 05:54
7 II. Vivace 03:27
8 III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo 06:33
9 IV. Der schwer gefasste Entschluss 06:25
     
 Camerata Nordica Orchestra
 Terje Tønnesen Conductor


Like few other works, Beethoven’s late string quartets have gained an almost undisputed standing as the very apex of their genre. Not many of Beethoven’s contemporaries would have accorded them this: the composer Louis Spohr called them ’indecipherable, uncorrected horrors’ and the quartets were widely regarded as the monstrous products of a madness which at best could be excused by the composer’s deafness. One of the first to recognize them for the masterpieces that they are was Franz Schubert, who after having heard a performance of Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor is reported to have said ’After this, what is left for us to write?’ Composers after Schubert have been as awestruck by this music, with Stravinsky famously describing the Große Fuge as ’an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.’ The feeling that Beethoven in these works was giving form to a universal music which transcends genre conventions have also inspired many to adapt various of the quartets for larger forces, including the conductors Dmitri Mitropoulos and Arturo Toscanini. 

On the present recordings, originally released by the Altara label in 2006, it is the Norwegian violinist Terje Tønnesen’s adaptations we hear, performed by himself and his Swedish string ensemble Camerata Nordica. Besides providing the greater dynamic spectrum that a larger ensemble can bring to the music, Tønnesen’s main aim has been to strengthen the contrasts between intimate passages and fuller textures by employing solo players in certain passages, as in a concerto grosso. He and Camerata Nordica has also reinstated the Große Fuge in its proper context: that amazing 15 minute monolith was originally intended as the finale of Op.130, but proved indigestible to contemporary audiences and critics – one of whom described it as ‘as incomprehensible as Chinese’ – and was replaced by an easy-going rondo following a request from Beethoven’s publisher.

                          ****   Excellent

Stefano Pagliantini - Musica magazine (Italy) - April 2014




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