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String Quartets [Box set]

L.V. Beethoven Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F, Op.18 No.1 - 1. Allegro con brio 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 1. Allegro 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 2. Andante con moto 7:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Beethoven: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.18 No.3 - 4. Presto 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 2. Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.4 in C minor, Op.18 No.4 - 4. Allegro 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 1. Allegro 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 2. Menuetto 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.5 in A, Op.18 No.5 - 3. Andante cantabile10:16Album Only
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listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 1. Allegro con brio 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo 7:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro) 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Beethoven: String Quartet No.6 in B flat, Op.18 No.6 - 4. La Malinconia (Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro - Adagio - Allegretto - Poco adagio - Prestissimo) 8:37$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No.1" - 1. Allegro10:02Album Only
listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No.1" - 2. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 8:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No.1" - 3. Adagio molto e mesto12:09Album Only
listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.7 In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky No.1" - 4. Thème russe (Allegro) 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 1. Allegro 8:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 2. Molto adagio11:36Album Only
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listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2" - 4. Finale (Presto) 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 1. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto 9:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 3. Menuetto (Grazioso) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3" - 4. Allegro molto 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 1. Poco adagio - Allegro 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 2. Adagio ma non troppo10:06Album Only
listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 3. Presto - Più presto quasi prestissimo 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.74 - "Harp" - 4. Allegretto con variazioni 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 1. Allegro con brio 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 2. Allegretto ma non troppo 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 3. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 - "Serioso" - 4. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 1. Maestoso - Allegro 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile15:10Album Only
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listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.12 in E flat, Op.127 - 4. Finale 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat, Op.133 - Overtura (Allegro) - Meno mosso e moderato - Allegro - Fuga 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat, Op.133 - 2. Meno mosso e moderato - Allegro molto e con brio 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro 8:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 2. Presto 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 3. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzando 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 4. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai) 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 5. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo) 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130 - 6. Finale (Allegro) 7:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 2. Allegro molto vivace 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 3. Allegro moderato0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Beethoven: String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131 - 4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Più mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e sempl14:18Album Only
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listen  1. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro10:26Album Only
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listen  3. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 3. Canzona di ringraziamento offerta alla divinità da un guarito, in modo lidico (Molto adagio) - Sentendo nuova forza (Andante)15:58Album Only
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listen  5. Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 - 5. Allegro appassionato 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 1. Allegretto 6:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 2. Vivace 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo 8:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Beethoven: String Quartet No.16 in F, Op.135 - 4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß (Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro) 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00002DEH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven with spirit March 15, 2001
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Beethoven's String Quartets always seem to puzzle yet fascinate me. I guess that's because his own musical maturity can be seen so starkly through each of his quartets, as they can all be grouped so easily into his early (Op. 18), middle (Opp. 59, 74, 95), and late period styles (Opp. 127, 130-133, 135).
Frankly, I think the Amadeus Quartet perfectly captures the pure essence of Beethoven's musical genius and emotional spirit in these recordings. As can be expected, the late quartets stand out prominently among the rest, and I find the Amadeus interpretations of these late quartets almost tear-jerking at some points, e.g. the slow movements of Op. 130 and 132; the slow movement of the Op. 132 quartet has to be the saddest, loneliest music I've ever heard. The Razumovsky Quartets show a particularly energetic life of their own (although Amadeus could have picked up the pace a little bit with the first Razumovsky), and the Op. 18 Quartets are quite charming. I must say, I have to give kudos to Amadeus for pulling off the Grosse Fuge as good as it did. From seeing the Grosse Fuge performed live already, to say that it is difficult to play would probably be a masterpiece of understatement.
But overall, these recordings are well worth it; you won't be disappointed.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyricism at its very best May 22, 2005
By V. Arni
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Many years ago I listened to the LPs of the Late Quartets by the Amadeus Quartet and was enthralled by their lyricism and awesome technical dexterity. I have since brought recordings of a later period - the Late Quartets of the Juillard Quartet -CDs - which was a recording especially made for the Library of Congress ca. 1993. And recently, after a long search on the web, but ending with Amazon.com, I bought the 7-CD DG Collectors Set of the Amadeus Quartet. What a marvel of reproduction and beauty of sound. The Juilliard set is, as remarked by other reviwers, too technical and too abstruse, devoid of those glorius melodic strains that reach deep into the mind and heart at the same time. Besides, learning the story of how the Amadeus Group was formed, added to the enjoyment of the music. Highly Recommnded.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than Quartetto Italiano September 13, 2005
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I carefully compared the Amadeus set with the Quartetto Italiano ones, which i acquired years ago and always treasure as one of my best music collections.

Go to Amadeus! Italiano was kindly entertaining listeners with beautiful sound and rich mood while the structural dynamics and nerve of the music istself were buried.

Italiano's interpretation is colorful but less profound and penetrating. Amadeus gets it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid set of the Beethoven Quartets October 17, 2009
By 410
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First I disagree with those who claim that these are played without heart. While often seen in reviews of classical music, I find this sort of argument pretty lame. What is the appropriate amount of heart? Well it differs from listener to listener. You can always find someone who claims Beethoven is boring compared to Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky, who have more "heart" (on their sleeves). At various times in your life you might find that performances that had a lot of heart now seem too melodramatic for your taste (or vice versa). If you check through the various reviews for this set you see some claim these recordings are too melodramatic, others wince that they are not emotive enough. I don't think any one set of recordings of Beethoven's String Quartet repertoire can adequately sum them up for all people at all times. I have heard multiple other versions (Busch, Budapest (live and studio), Cleveland, Italiano, Emerson, Juilliard, Tokyo, Alban Berg...) and I think the Amadeus hits a nice balance of the intellectual/structural and emotive sides of Beethoven. Favorite versions differ from movement to movement of individual quartets, even one's subjective mood. Even if the versions by Vegh, Lindsays, Talich, and Italiano carry a lot of prestige, I have read some highly credible critiques that make strong cases for their shortcomings. This is certainly a nice starter set for those wanting to hear them all on a budget. As for the purely subjective side, I prefer them in the early quartets, in some of the later ones (op 127) they seem to lack some of the spontaneity I enjoy in versions such as those by the Budapest. Yet in the Cavatina (op 130) or Heiliger Dankgesang (op 132) there lies plenty to scald the soul. I'll still be hanging onto my Budapest and Busch recordings, though. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great set if you like exposition repeats cut March 5, 2012
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Though I have enjoyed several individual CD's of some of Beethoven's string quartets, I bought the Amadeus set for completion. I began listening to Op. 18 no. 1, made comparative listenings when available, and studied the music chronically along with Joseph de Marliave's book "Beethoven's Quartets" through op. 135.

This made for an incredible experience. Music lovers that know Beethoven's music only through his symphonies really do not know Beethoven.

Almost invariably, Amadeus cuts the exposition repeats. In the earlier quartets perhaps this approach annoyed less. But, in the B flat op. 130 the results were disasterous. Amadeus also played the great cavatina of this quartet in a very pedestrian manner. I could not tolerate their performance. The B flat was the very first Beethoven quartet I ever heard on a CD I own of the Fitzwilhelm Quartet, a heartfelt performance with great sound. The Fitzwilhelm includes both the Grosse Fuge and the new finale Beethoven's publishers convinced him to write. The CD booklet makes a powerful arguement for retaining the original Grosse Fuge as the finale. De Marliave is less sympathetic to the Grosse Fuge as part of this whole very rhapsodic quartet and I have a tendancy to agree.

The Amadeus set's sound is almost consistently inferior to any recording I compare it to. It's a somewhat bright aura, dominated by the first violin. It did not please me. I have op. 75, 127, 131, and 135 on the Guarneri Quartet. Comparative listening between these very different groups make the Guarneri sound almost organ-like.

Often times, Amadeus holds its own decently enough in the op. 18 and 59. Amadeus performed the slow movement of op. 18. no. 1 in F major more passionately than the Tokyo Quartet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Passion!
This beautiful boxed set includes a 72-page booklet and all of Beethoven's string quartets, spanning the composer's lifetime. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peter Gueckel
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music beautifully played
I saw the stage play "Opus" about the relationships among the members of a string quartet. The sound design relied heavily on excerpts from Beethoven's quartets. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DLB
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
An amazing collection of pieces that you can completely lose yourself in. * * * * * * * *
Published 16 months ago by Inga Drepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Since lp days, I have acquired other versions...
which are five star worthy: Vegh, Talich, Emerson, Italiano, Tokyo, Smetana, and Lindsays. In concert only I disliked the Takacs Quartet LVB, finding
their phrasing... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kirk List
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
In my opinion L.V.Bs string quartets are the best ever written and this is a very good collection. It is packaged well in a box with each CD in its own sleve. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by PersonReviewing
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth hours of attention, even if DG's sound is grating and dated
a cursory glance at the reviews here reveals that, depending on who is writing, the Amadeus are the strongest in the early,middle or late quartets while being dismissed in the... Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by Santa Fe Listener
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could take only one recording to a desert island...
...this would have to be it. I have the vinyl set, and haven't heard the CDs, so can't really comment on some of the criticisms of sound, etc. Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by Franklynw
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rehearsed and over-calculated readings
I was greatly looking forward to enjoying the Amadeus set but it turns out that they don't live up to the Greatness of emotion or spiritual depths of Beethoven's Quartets. Read more
Published on September 21, 2008 by Ryan Kouroukis
4.0 out of 5 stars Technically solid but overly smooth and emotionally lacking
I recently rented a copy of this set from the library just to see how the Amadeus quartet managed it... Read more
Published on March 28, 2007 by Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming performances, good sound, budget packaging
I have little to add to the positive reviews below. The performances are inspired. And listening on audiophile headphones with a dedicated headphone amplifier, I find the... Read more
Published on February 20, 2007 by A. H.
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