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listen  1. String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127: I. Maestoso - Allegro 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127: II. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile14:43Album Only
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listen  4. String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127: IV. Allegro 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132: I. Assai Sostenuto - Allegro 9:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132: II. Allegro Ma Non Tanto 8:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132: III. Molto Adagio - Andante16:11Album Only
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listen  1. String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130: I. Adagio Ma Non Troppo - Allegro14:18Album Only
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listen  3. String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130: III. Poco Scherzoso: Andante Con Moto Ma Non Troppo 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130: IV. Alla Danza Tedesca: Allegro Assai 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina: Adagio Molto Espressivo 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Große Fuge, Op. 133: Overtura-Fuga15:23Album Only
listen  7. String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130: Alternate Finale (1826): VI. Finale10:48Album Only


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listen  1. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: II. Allegro Molto Vivace 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: III. Allegro Moderato0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: IV. Andante Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile14:27Album Only
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listen  6. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VI. Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VII. Allegro 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135: I. Allegretto 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135: II. Vivace 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento Assai, Cantante E Tranquillo 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135: IV. Grave Ma Non Troppo Tratto - Allegro 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Known for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) has been praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and its sound has been called “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The Cypress Quartet was formed in San ... Read more in Amazon's Cypress String Quartet Store

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  • Performer: Cecily Ward, Tom Stone, Ethan Filner, Jennifer Kloetzel
  • Orchestra: Cypress String Quartet
  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Cypress Performing Arts Association
  • ASIN: B00793ILTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There s a school of thought that considers the string quartet repertoire to be the world s most exciting music an opinion advanced mostly by people who play those works. The Cypress String Quartet s new triple-disc set of late Beethoven string quartets (Op. 127, 130,131, 132, 133 and 135) is an album for people who share that point of view. It s less radical an interpretation than it might seem: in fact, it s about as retro as possible, simply a dedication to following Beethoven s dynamics to the letter. It may be the most Beethovenesque of all the recordings out there: the old grump, if he could have heard this, no doubt would have approved. Partial, and very noteworthy, credit goes to the Quartet s Cecily Ward, who produced the album: all the close-miking and attention to minute detail pays off with a brightly bristling, intense intimacy enhanced even further via headphones. While you will find yourself having to adjust the volume periodically, that s the way Beethoven undoubtedly would have intended it. But ultimately it s the playing even more than the production here that steals the show, a powerful, dynamically charged performance that refuses to back away from storminess while also embracing the quietest passages with a gentle rapturousness that adds just as much power and insight. You could spend the better part of a week downloading every recording of these works available on the web, but ultimately this collection might be the more cost-effective choice. Suffice it to say that Beethoven s late quartets are arguably the high point of a career spent pushing the envelope, a feat even more noteworthy considering that he was in ill health and could increasingly hear only less and less of what he was writing. Violinists Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel celebrate the unexpected throughout these works: the attention to detail is astounding. Unexpected passages leap out at you and are every bit as interesting as the main themes, sometimes more so. For example, in Op. 127, the second movement becomes much more of a nocturne than a courtly waltz; and then the ensemble gives it a suspenseful bounce. Suspense is the key to so much here: the sudden swells and pervasive unease in the following movement; the briskly wintry foreshadowing of the first movement of Op. 132; the emphatic oomph that springs out of its waltzing third movement; Kloetzel s cello as omnipresent reality check beneath the hypnotic dreaminess of the fourth movement of Op. 131; the spacious pacing of brooding swells within the comfortable crepulscule atmospherics of Op. 135 s second movement; and the absolutely macabre, insistent tritones of that work s final movement, the Quartet allowing the frantic horror to linger even as the passage recedes into Haydnesque pleasantry. It would take a small book to list all the highlights. For a more in-depth look at disc two, here s a review of that one (with Op. 130 and both its final ending and the famous Grosse Fugue that Stravinsky reputedly picked as his alltime favorite composition), previously issued as a stand-alone disc toward the end of 2010. Conceivably, at low volume, this might make suitable background music, although at too low a volume, considering the dynamics, the music fades in and out. But this wasn t created as background music: this recording is for anyone who would prefer to revel in the power and vast emotional scope of these immortal works. --Lucid Culture, April 24 2012

You can no more expect a quartet of talented and ambitious young string players to resist the temptation of Beethoven's late quartets than a politician to turn down a speaking invitation. And why should they, really, especially when they play with the kind of energy, warmth, and insight that the Cypress Quartet brings to this repertoire? This group is more successful than many at simultaneously expressing the rich emotion and exposing with clarity and grace the fascinating structural complexities of these masterworks, and the recording is a pure pleasure. (RA) --Baker & Taylor - CD Hot List, May 2012

Like John Daly used to say when he hosted What's My Line?, 'Panel, I'm just going to throw all the cards over'. What is there to say when a bunch of committed pros deliver the goods on some serious works that need to be treated right and respected yet played with passion that's keeps the listener riveted? This three cd box of some complicated works written by a deaf guy is not for the feint of heart to even go near. This crew has hearts of steel. A grand work and a grand collection on a grand work, it's going to be a long time before this set is displaced as the last word on these pieces. You don't even have to be a classical fan to be caught in this web, but be warned it's not a light crossover effort. All you have to do is meet it half way and you will be amply rewarded. This recording is nothing less than amazing. --Midwest Record, March 2012

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George R. Collison on August 27, 2012
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The first violinist of the group presenting the premiere of these pieces, written in the last two years of his life (1825 -1827), complained to Beethoven about their difficulty. He responded, directly as usual, "I don't give a damn about your violin. I'm writing the music the spirits tell me." Some hear in these words the ill tempered venting of an asocial curmudgeon. That indeed he was. If you can look beyond the rough discourse one can apprehend what the old man is attempting to communicate. These pieces are fundamentally not from this earth. They set up connections between the earth and that "place beyond the stars" from the ode in the 9th symphony. This set of late quartets by the Cypress String Quartet is a must buy. There is no lack of recordings: I own several and have listened to quite a few more - Guanari, Amadeus, Borodin, Julliard etc. If you want something "classic" buy these recordings. Every generation must rediscover these titanic pieces for themselves. They need, no, they demand a recording for the 21st century. This recording pushes new boundaries both musically and technically. This set is an excellent start for a new, modern way to experience the master's last works.

The sense of ensemble of the CSQ is close to unbelievable. I'm reminded of a comment from a friend who directs barbershop groups. "Four voices, one throat" is their aim. Here there are five strings, four bows on one instrument. I have no idea how they achieve this unity, but one feels that the source of the CSQ sound is one instrument. Though musicologists may find elements of sketch books to challenge the assertion, I believe that many, if not all of these movements, were conceived whole cloth. They must be played as such.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgar DeMeo on December 28, 2012
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I've heard the Cypress Quartet live several times and listened closely to his album. And I've been listening to great quartets for over 40 years -- the Juilliard, the Guarneri, the Cleveland, the Amadeus, etc. In my book, the Cypress is world class -- right up there with the big names of the past few decades. This late Beethoven set is unsurpassed in my experience. Superb technique, wonderful musicianship, warmth, power when needed, precision, and ensemble. These folks are all outstanding musicians who could be successful soloists, but their overarching strength is that they play as an integrated unit. There is no star performer; the group is the star. I'll watch closely for future releases from this quartet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Tompkins on February 17, 2013
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Beethoven's late quartets - these towering achievements are, for me, the apotheosis of the form, and for their existence I honor the composer's genius and the gods of musical inspiration who nourished that genius. And now I must also honor the Cypress String Quartet for their masterly interpretation, one that, to this listener, achieves as nearly perfect a balance of power and subtlety, passion and precision, as one is apt to experience this side of paradise. I am no expert; my ear is neither tin nor golden. But I will say that the Cypress's performances on these discs gave me intense satisfaction, as well as an ineffable sense of exhilaration that I've received from no other ensemble's recording. I eagerly await the opportunity to enjoy listening to their future CD releases.
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