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Beethoven String Quartets

Orpheus String Quartet

Ludwig Van Beethoven

SKU: 6094

Year of release: 1994

Op. 18, no. 3 in D major 27:43
1. Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven 06:58
2. Andante Con Molto Ludwig Van Beethoven 06:27
3. Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:01
4. Presto Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:16
Op. 59, no. 1 in F major 27:52
5. Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:10
6. Allegretto Vivace E Sempre Scherzando Ludwig Van Beethoven 06:11
7. Adagio Molto E Mesto Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:36
8. Theme Russe (Allegro) Ludwig Van Beethoven 06:54

About this album

Participation in string quartets in the years around 1800 was largely an amateur pursuit. Before the French Revolution chamber music had primarily been the concern of professional musicians at noble courts; now, a few years later, devaluation and the decline of the aristocracy had driven increasing numbers of musicians to seek their fortunes elsewhere – in city orchestras, in teaching and in opera. For professionals there was, at best, time for chamber music in the evening hours only, as a pleasant diversion among friends. Much the same was also true for the many amateur musicians who were the most important buyers of quartets, trios, sonatas and songs. During Beethovens lifetime, chamber music – which before 1800 had mainly been heard in the salons of the nobility – gradually moved into the drawing-rooms of the bourgeoisie…..

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Reviews

Hifi Video

(...) Het inmiddels zes jaar bestaande en door vele internationale jurys onderscheiden Kwartet bedwingt deze toppers op meer dan overtuigende wijze. (...)

Rpertoire

(...) L'Orpheus beethovnien que voici est assurment d'un excellent cru. Prenons-le comme chantillon, gotons-le et...attendons la suite.

Gramophone

(...) The recording is bright and clean, and enhances the claims if this impressive issue.

Klassiek

(...) Het Orpheus Quartet is bezig aan een glansrijke carrire. Ook deze schitterende opname laat horen dat de vier strijkers een hecht team vormen, een mooie kernachtige toon hebben en zeer muzikaal voor de dag komen.

CD Review

(...) They have produced one of the most lifelike, tangible recordings of a string quartet that I have ever encountered. (...) (...) Highly recommended.

Parool

(...) openbaren zich de homogeniteit, de klankcultuur, de lyrische gaven en het stijlbewustzijn van het Orpheus in volle glorie. Dit zijn levendige en krachtige, maar uiterst beheerste vertolkingen, die reikhalzend doen uitzien naar nieuwe verkenningen van dit ensemble in dit hooggebergte van de kwartetliteratuur. Channel Classics zorgde voor een excellente opname.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJune 1993
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf, Tom Peeters
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl