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Beethoven: "Razumovsky" Quartets (Op.59, Nos.1-3)

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Longtime fans of the Tokyo String Quartet can rejoice: the ensemble they have known and loved is back in the recording business with a fourth lineup of players. In addition to first generation Kazuhide Isomura on viola, second generation Kikuei Ikeda on violin, and third generation Clive Greensmith on cello, the Tokyo has added Martin Beaver on violin. Has the sound changed? No, not much: the Tokyo has maintained a remarkably consistent suave and sophisticated sound over the years and new members Greensmith and Beaver have taken nothing away from that sound, merely adding new energy and enthusiasm. As this set of Beethoven's three Op. 59 String Quartets demonstrates, the new Tokyo is clearly the old Tokyo with new players -- the impeccable intonation, the flawless ensemble, and the directness of expression that was the hallmark of the earlier group is fully in evidence here. While some listeners may object that the new Tokyo, like the old Tokyo, is still all surface and no depth, all technique and no heart, all beauty and no soul, longtime fans will be pleased to welcome these performances as proof that some things never change. Harmonia Mundi's sound is rich and creamy.

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DISC 1

Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: I. Allegro (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: I. Allegro 00:11:04

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 00:09:13

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: III. Adagio molto e mesto (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: III. Adagio molto e mesto 00:12:18

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: IV. Theme russe: Allegro (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VII In F major Op.59, No.1: IV. Theme russe: Allegro 00:08:05

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VIII In E minor Op.59, No.2: I. Allegro (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VIII In E minor Op.59, No.2: I. Allegro 00:10:15

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VIII In E minor Op.59, No.2: II. Molto adagio (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VIII In E minor Op.59, No.2: II. Molto adagio 00:12:27

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VIII In E Minor Op.59, No.2: III. Allegretto (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VIII In E Minor Op.59, No.2: III. Allegretto 00:07:45

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet VIII In E Minor Op.59, No.2: IV. Finale: Presto (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet VIII In E Minor Op.59, No.2: IV. Finale: Presto 00:05:44

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

DISC 2

Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: I. Introduzione: Andante con moto-Allegro vivace (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: I. Introduzione: Andante con moto-Allegro vivace 00:10:43

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto 00:09:20

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: III. Menuetto: Grazioso (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: III. Menuetto: Grazioso 00:05:23

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: IV. Finale: Allegro molto (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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Quartet IX in C major Op.59, No.3: IV. Finale: Allegro molto 00:05:51

Tokyo String Quartet, Performer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer

2005 harmonia mundi usa

Album Description

Longtime fans of the Tokyo String Quartet can rejoice: the ensemble they have known and loved is back in the recording business with a fourth lineup of players. In addition to first generation Kazuhide Isomura on viola, second generation Kikuei Ikeda on violin, and third generation Clive Greensmith on cello, the Tokyo has added Martin Beaver on violin. Has the sound changed? No, not much: the Tokyo has maintained a remarkably consistent suave and sophisticated sound over the years and new members Greensmith and Beaver have taken nothing away from that sound, merely adding new energy and enthusiasm. As this set of Beethoven's three Op. 59 String Quartets demonstrates, the new Tokyo is clearly the old Tokyo with new players -- the impeccable intonation, the flawless ensemble, and the directness of expression that was the hallmark of the earlier group is fully in evidence here. While some listeners may object that the new Tokyo, like the old Tokyo, is still all surface and no depth, all technique and no heart, all beauty and no soul, longtime fans will be pleased to welcome these performances as proof that some things never change. Harmonia Mundi's sound is rich and creamy.

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