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Opus 18 Complete

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About the Miró Quartet The Miró Quartet has established itself as one of America’s brightest and most exciting young chamber groups: "Playing of this caliber casts light on the path ahead," wrote the New York Times. The quartet has captivated audiences around the world, dazzling listeners with its fiery intensity and mature interpretations of all corners of the repertoire. The quartet has been in residence at highly esteemed institutions, including Lincoln Center and the University of Texas at Austin, and it has been profiled on such television programs as NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s World News Tonight.

Disc: 1
1. Quartet No. 1 in F major: Allegro con brio
2. Adagio affetusoso ed appassionato
3. Scherzo: Allegro molto
4. Allegro
5. Quartet No. 2 in G: Allegro
6. Adagio cantabile
7. Scherzo: Allegro
8. Allegro molto, quasi Presto
9. Quartet No. 3 in D major: Allegro
10. Andante con moto
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Disc: 2
1. Quartet No. 4 in C Minor: Allegro ma non tanto
2. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
3. Menuetto: Allegro
4. Allegro
5. Quartet No. 5 in A Major: Allegro
6. Menuetto
7. Andante cantabile
8. Allegro
9. Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major: Allegro con brio
10. Adagio ma non troppo
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Product Details

  • Performer: Miro Quartet, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • ASIN: B000A1IOIO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Little on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I initially found it a little strange that of all the string quartet literature available, the Miro had decided on the Beethoven op. 18 SQs. There have already been so many recordings, but somehow the quartet has managed to convince even me, not a huge fan of Beethoven in general, into loving these works. Miro plays with a kind of freakish technical accuracy (even in live performance), but still brings a huge palette of colors and fresh musical ideas to these often recorded and performed quartets. Pay special attention to No. 1 and No. 4.

I highly recommend seeing them play live (as I'm sure Beethoven will make up a staple of their rep for the year), just to see the commanding, yet approachable presence they have as a group on the stage. For students especially, it's a great lesson in chamber music without ever picking up your instrument! All in all, the new CD is a gem, but coming from Miro, I wouldn't expect anything less.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James W. Phelan on December 20, 2008
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This is a brilliant interpretation of Beethoven's groundbreaking quartets. The sound provided by Vanguard is first-rate. The play is lively, dead-on rhythmically and all musicians hit every note right in the sweet spot...the cd is very attractively packaged and the liner notes are not stodgy like most liner notes...it is an approach like this to classical masterworks that can possibly attract a new generation of listeners. I have the venerated Emerson String Quartet recording and it is wonderful as well but there is room for this one in any collection. If I could only keep one set, it would be this one for its exhuberance and superb sound quality. My favorite reading for many years was a very old one from the Hungarian Quartet which I bought on vinyl, probably in the late 60's or early 70's. It has been years since I've listened to any vinyl...I am not sure that the Hungarian set could hold up against the Miro's, even if the sonic quality of the recordings were equal, which, unfortunately, they can never be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on March 14, 2014
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I possess complete Beethoven string quartet volumes by many artists. I can often identify the performers when I surf into a Beethoven on radio. This volume by the Miro is the first I have heard which I rank above performances of The Budapest, 78 rpm 1940s, Library of Congress 1950s, stereo from 1960s. My other favorites, by The Alexander (they are personal friends), the Juilliard, The Emerson, The Guaneri, are all superb and flawless, but the Miro has topped them for the fine details of interpretation. I also have Opus 59 1-2-3 by the Miro, and hope they will record the remaining Beethoven quartets.
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By kvetch2 on October 24, 2011
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The Miro Quartet continues to amaze for its virtuosity, phrasing, interplay of parts, and beauty of interpretation. I am hoping that they will record Philip Glass's 5th string quartet which I have heard them perform, and it was thrilling.
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4 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Josh MacCluer on December 10, 2005
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The Miro Quartet certainly brings the noise on this excellent recording of the opus 18 quartets. That being said, while they are great pieces, I'm tired of the opus 18 quartets. I'm looking forward to their late quartets, as you know that they will do a lot more than merely phone in the funk on the Grosse Fugue.
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