Beethoven: String Quintets (Complete)

Beethoven: String Quintets (Complete)
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Artist The Zurich String Quintet:
Boris Livschitz violin
Mátyás Bartha violin
Zvi Livschitz viola
Dominik Ostertag viola
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan cello
Viorel Alexandru double-bass
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92857
EAN code 5028421928579
Release April 2006

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About this release

Beethoven’s complete string quintets by the Zurich String Quintet. This might be a surprise: Did Beethoven write that many string quintets? Yes and no.

In addition to the well-known quintet Op. 29, this set also includes the earlier Op. 4, which the composer later recomposed for octet (Op. 103). Beethoven also arranged his piano trio Op. 1 No. 3 for string quintet, it is his Op. 104. With the Fugue for string quintet, Op. 137, this release offers all there is by Beethoven for 5 string instruments.

Other information:
- Featuring two bonuses: the duet for viola and cello (WoO 32) and sechs ländlerische Tänze for 2 violins, cello and double-bass (WoO 15)
- Recommended to any lover of chamber music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29: Allegro moderato
  2. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29: Adagio molto espressivo
  3. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29: Scherzo, allegro
  4. String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29: Presto
  5. String Quintet in C Minor, Op. 104 (arrangement of Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 3): Allegro con brio
  6. String Quintet in C Minor, Op. 104 (arrangement of Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 3): Andante cantabile con variazioni
  7. String Quintet in C Minor, Op. 104 (arrangement of Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 3): Menuetto, quasi allegro
  8. String Quintet in C Minor, Op. 104 (arrangement of Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 3): Finale, prestissimo

Disk 2

  1. String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 4: Allegro con brio
  2. String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 4: Andante
  3. String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 4: Menuetto
  4. String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 4: Finale, presto
  5. Fugue, for String Quintet in D Major, Op. 137
  6. Duet for Viola and Cello in E-Flat Major, WoO 32: Movement 1
  7. Duet for Viola and Cello in E-Flat Major, WoO 32: Minuetto
  8. Sechs Ländlerische Tänze for 2 violins, cello and double-bass, WoO 15