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Beethoven: The Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. 1 (Berlin, 1950-1967)

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Between 1950 and 1967, the Amadeus Quartet recorded almost all of the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven at the Berlin RIAS studios, and Audite's first volume in a series of the group's recordings documents its intensive approach to this core repertoire. (No recording from the period exists of the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, "Harp," but the String Quintet in C major, "Storm," is provided here as a bonus.) This seven-CD trimline box set reveals not only the Amadeus Quartet's maturation as an ensemble and its deepening commitment to Beethoven's music, but also the ongoing development of recording technology, noticeable in the improvements of the analog sound of the original masters. Even though Audite's remastering produces clean and nuanced audio, these are still historic recordings that have a rather small, closed-in sound, so this set is mostly recommended for fans of the Amadeus Quartet and specialists in important chamber music recordings.
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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro con brio
00:07:18

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2
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
00:09:32

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3
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
00:03:11

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4
IV. Allegro
00:06:12

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String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro
00:06:13

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6
II. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I
00:06:08

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7
III. Scherzo: Allegro
00:04:19

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8
IV. Allegro molto quasi presto
00:05:46

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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
I. Allegro
00:05:42

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10
II. Andante con moto
00:07:56

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11
III. Allegro
00:02:59

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12
IV. Presto
00:04:48

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DISC 2

String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro ma non tanto
00:06:45

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2
II. Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
00:05:34

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3
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
00:03:03

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4
IV. Allegro - Prestissimo
00:04:28

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String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro
00:04:58

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6
II. Menuetto
00:04:47

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7
III. Andante cantabile con variazioni
00:09:55

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8
IV. Allegro
00:05:07

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String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

9
I. Allegro con brio
00:04:24

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10
II. Adagio ma non troppo
00:07:26

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11
III. Scherzo: Allegro
00:03:16

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12
IV. La Malinconia: Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro
00:08:14

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DISC 3

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1, 'Rasumovsky' (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Allegro
00:10:17

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2
II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
00:08:31

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3
III. Adagio molto e mesto
00:11:56

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4
IV. Theme russe: Allegro
00:06:45

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String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, 'Rasumovsky' (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro
00:08:39

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6
II. Molto adagio: Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento
00:12:05

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7
III. Allegretto - Maggiore
00:07:25

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8
IV. Finale: Presto
00:05:34

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DISC 4

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, 'Rasumovsky' (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Introduzione: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
00:08:09

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2
II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
00:10:26

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3
III. Menuetto: Grazioso
00:04:46

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4
IV. Allegro molto
00:06:30

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String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, 'Serioso' (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro con brio
00:04:58

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6
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
00:07:16

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7
III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso - Piu allegro
00:04:41

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8
IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
00:05:12

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DISC 5

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Maestoso - Allegro
00:06:43

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2
II. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Andante con moto
00:14:30

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3
III. Scherzo: Vivace
00:06:31

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4
IV. Finale
00:06:18

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String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto espressivo
00:06:54

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6
II. Allegro molto vivace
00:03:03

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7
III. Allegro moderato
00:00:54

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8
IV. Andante, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
00:14:28

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9
V. Presto
00:05:12

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10
VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
00:01:51

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Album Description

Between 1950 and 1967, the Amadeus Quartet recorded almost all of the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven at the Berlin RIAS studios, and Audite's first volume in a series of the group's recordings documents its intensive approach to this core repertoire. (No recording from the period exists of the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, "Harp," but the String Quintet in C major, "Storm," is provided here as a bonus.) This seven-CD trimline box set reveals not only the Amadeus Quartet's maturation as an ensemble and its deepening commitment to Beethoven's music, but also the ongoing development of recording technology, noticeable in the improvements of the analog sound of the original masters. Even though Audite's remastering produces clean and nuanced audio, these are still historic recordings that have a rather small, closed-in sound, so this set is mostly recommended for fans of the Amadeus Quartet and specialists in important chamber music recordings.
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