Album

Smetana Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartets Nos 11-16 incl. Grosse Fuge

Catalogue Number: SU 3870-2
Published: 28th April 2006
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 3 disks
This album has received following awards:
  • Classic Record Collector Historical Award (2007)
  • Premio Nazionale "Classic Voice" per il disco Classico (2007)
Smetana Quartet Plays Late Beethoven (3 CDs) L. van Beethoven: String Quartets No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131, No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127, No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133, No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 - The Smetana Quartet (1945-1989) played Beethoven's quartets 1490 times over the course of their career! - The recordings which make up this complete collection are from the years 1961-70, and theperformances were played from memory! - The recordings glow with youthful energy and tireless searching. - the Smetana Quartet has been called perhaps the best ensemble of the years 1960-80. Slogan: Beethoven's late quartets in admirable performances by the Smetana Quartet.

Disk 1

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
1.
Assai sostenuto-Allegro 09:22
2.
Allegro ma non tanto 08:08
3.
Molto adagio-Andante. Heiliger Dankesgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit in der lydischen Tonart 16:07
4.
Alla marcia. Assai vivace. Piu allegro 02:16
5.
Allegro appasionato. Presto 06:46
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
6.
Allegro con brio 04:51
7.
Allegretto ma non troppo 06:37
8.
Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso 04:11
9.
Larghetto. Allegro agitato 04:40

Disk 2

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
1.
Maestoso. Allegro 06:09
2.
Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile. Andante con moto. Adagio molto espressivo 13:57
3.
Scherzando vivace. Presto 07:21
4.
Finale 06:11
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
5.
Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 06:00
6.
Allegro molto vivace 03:10
7.
Allegro moderato - Adagio 00:47
8.
Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - ...Allegretto 13:06
9.
Presto 05:30
10.
Adagio quasi un poco andante 01:48
11.
Allegro 06:30

Disk 3

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major + Grosse Fuge, Op. 130 (+ Op. 133)
1.
Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro 08:59
2.
Presto 02:05
3.
Andante con moto, ma non troppo 06:31
4.
Alla Danza tedesca. Allegro assai 03:21
5.
Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo 06:12
6.
Fugue. Overtura-Fuga. Allegro, Op. 133 15:47
7.
Finale. Allegro 09:39
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
8.
Allegretto 06:26
9.
Vivace 03:30
10.
Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo 07:15
11.
Grave, ma non troppo tratto /tanto/ (Der schwer gefasste Entschluss) 07:04