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BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (Complete) (Vegh Quartet) (1952)

BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (Complete) (Vegh Quartet) (1952)

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release date: October 2011


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Vegh Quartet

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Vegh Quartet



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BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (Complete) (Vegh Quartet) (1952)

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

   
   


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String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1

 
1 I. Allegro con brio 7:11
2 II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato 11:01
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro molto 3:22
4 IV. Allegro 5:41
     
 

String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2

 
5 I. Allegro 5:53
6 II. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I 6:25
7 III. Scherzo: Allegro 4:35
8 IV. Allegro molto quasi presto 5:04
     
 

String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18, No. 3

 
9 I. Allegro 5:55
10 II. Andante con moto 8:26
11 III. Allegro 2:56
12 IV. Presto 4:33
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4

 
1 I. Allegro ma non tanto 6:49
2 II. Scherzo: Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto 5:45
3 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 4:17
4 IV. Allegro - Prestissimo 4:23
     
 

String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18, No. 5

 
5 I. Allegro 5:12
6 II. Menuetto 6:10
7 III. Andante cantabile 10:46
8 IV. Allegro 4:38
     
 

String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6

 
9 I. Allegro con brio 4:55
10 II. Adagio ma non troppo 7:04
11 III. Scherzo: Allegro 3:34
12 IV. La Malinconia: Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro 8:44
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, 'Rasumovsky'

 
1 I. Allegro 10:22
2 II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 8:19
3 III. Adagio molto e mesto - 11:47
4 IV. Theme russe: Allegro 5:55
     
 

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, 'Rasumovsky'

 
5 I. Allegro 7:33
6 II. Molto adagio: Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento 12:17
7 III. Allegretto 8:20
8 IV. Finale: Presto 5:15
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, 'Rasumovsky'

 
1 I. Introduzione: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace 8:34
2 II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto 10:06
3 III. Menuetto: Grazioso - 5:29
4 IV. Allegro molto 6:24
     
 

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74, 'Harp'

 
5 I. Poco adagio - Allegro 8:47
6 II. Adagio ma non troppo 9:46
7 III. Presto 6:02
8 IV. Allegretto con variazioni 6:20
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, 'Serioso'

 
1 I. Allegro con brio 4:14
2 II. Allegretto ma non troppo - 6:57
3 III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 4:02
4 IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato 4:37
     
 

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

 
5 I. Maestoso - Allegro 7:12
6 II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Andante con moto - Adagio molto espressivo 14:02
7 III. Scherzando vivace - Presto 8:32
8 IV. Finale 6:41
     
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Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

16:41
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

 
1 I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro 13:35
2 II. Presto 1:54
3 III. Andante con moto, ma non troppo 6:11
4 IV. Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai 3:27
5 V. Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo - 6:56
6 VI. Finale: Allegro 8:59
     
 

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

 
7 I. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto espressivo - 7:02
8 II. Allegro molto vivace - 3:13
9 III. Allegro moderato - 0:49
10 IV. Andante, ma non troppo e molto cantabile 12:42
11 V. Presto - Molto poco adagio - 5:26
12 VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante - 1:53
13 VII. Allegro 6:10
   
   
     


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String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

 
1 I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro 8:49
2 II. Allegro ma non tanto 8:49
3 III. Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenden an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart: Molto adagio - Neue Kraftfuhtend: Andante - Molto adagio 14:25
4 IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Piu allegro - 2:18
5 V. Allegro appassionato 7:00
     
 

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

 
6 I. Allegretto 6:40
7 II. Vivace 3:23
8 III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo 7:07
9 IV. Der schwer gefasste Entschluss: Grave - Allegro - Grave, ma non troppo tratto - Allegro 8:59
     
  Vegh Quartet Ensemble


Posterity can savor two complete Beethoven cycles, both performed by Hungarians, that dominated the recording scene of the 50’s. The Hungarian Quartet, which recorded the cycle in 1953 for EMI, had proclaimed its advocacy of Beethoven’s controversial, fast metronome markings. A cool elegance and virtuosity and refinement prevails on these discs, sometimes imparting a silken toned aloofness and objectivity to these sometimes too beautiful and offhanded interpretations. Conversely the 1952 Végh traversals, reissued here, are of another temperamental and aesthetic stripe: boldly iconoclastic, more heavy-gaited, but far more willing to come to grips with Beethoven’s down-to-earth physicality. An analogy with these readings can be drawn between some of Klemperer’s Beethoven symphony interpretations and with the recordings by the Busch Quartet.

This cycle is not to be confused with a later recording by the same performers, reissued on Auvidis.

 

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