Chiaroscuro Quartet Beethoven - Mozart

Beethoven - Mozart

Chiaroscuro Quartet

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on June 11, 2013 by Aparté

Main artist: Chiaroscuro Quartet

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: 4F de Télérama (March 2013) - Hi-Res Audio (March 2013)

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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:57:19

    String quartet in F Minor No 11, Op. 95 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  1. 1 I. Allegro con brio

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  2. 2 II. Allegretto ma non troppo

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  3. 3 III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  4. 4 IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  5. Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  6. 5 I. Adagio

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  7. 6 II. Fugue

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  8. String quartet in E Flat Major No 16, K.428
  9. 7 I. Allegro non troppo

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  10. 8 II. Andante con moto

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  11. 9 III. Menuet : allegro et trio

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Chiaroscuro Quartet, Ensemble Copyright : 2013 Aparté

  12. 10 IV. Allegro vivace

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The multinational Chiaroscuro Quartet promises performances of music of the Classical era "on period instruments informed by a historical approach." This tells you less than it would if applied to Baroque music, but the features of Classical-period historical string performance are in evidence here: vibrato is kept to a minimum, and the scooping accents possible on later instruments are scrupulously weeded out. The biggest surprise, however, would have been possible even played on contemporary instruments: the String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, of Beethoven, designated by Beethoven as "Serioso," is given an interpretation with the seriousness radically scaled down. The group seems to be after a revisionist interpretation that holds that the violent qualities in this quartet were placed there by Romantic after-the-fact thinking and even later by psychoanalysis of Beethoven's difficult life around this time. The music is tense but light, with the really startling harmonic developments in the opening movement treated not as utterances of emotional torture but as little flashes of psychedelic light. The slow movements of all three works on the album are marvelous, with the players perfectly coordinated and the music seeming to breathe like some living creature, the lack of vibrato making the individual instruments difficult to pick out. And the Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor for string quartet, K. 546, and String Quartet in E flat major, K. 428 (a work also often given post-facto Romantic intensity) are less startling on first hearing. The Beethoven is one of those performances far enough outside the norm that it's safe to say some will think it's brilliant, some will hate it. But neither group will be able to claim it's not well thought out.

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In 1989, Nicolas Bartholomew created Musica ISDN - which he is now detached from - a company dedicated to the recording and post-production of classical music. The company has since made hundreds of records and became, in the late 90s, one of the most prolific executive producers, serving a large number of phonographic publishers. In 1999, he founded Ambrosia - now owned by Naïve - a label he ran for ten years with enthusiasm by getting involved in the launching young talent. In 2008 he recreated the recording studio 'Little Tribeca', as well as a new label: Aparté.

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