Dover Quartet – Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – The Middle Quartets (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Dover Quartet – Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – The Middle Quartets (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 02:34:09 minutes | 2,59 GB | Genre: Classical
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The Dover Quartet, “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker) unveils the second installment in its critically acclaimed Beethoven quartet cycle on Cedille Records. The Dover’s three-album set of Beethoven’s “Middle Quartets” includes the three Op. 59 “Razumovsky” Quartets, infused with Russian folk tunes; the graceful “Harp”, Op. 74, named for its plucked string figures; and the intense Op. 95 “Serioso”, a forward-looking experiment that Beethoven originally intended “for a small circle of connoisseurs”.

The Dover Quartet’s first Beethoven release, a traversal of the Op. 18 quartets, has garnered international praise. England’s “The Strad” said the ensemble exhibits “a beguiling freshness and spontaneity that creates the impression of these relatively early masterworks arriving hot off the press”. Toronto’s “The Whole Note” cited “performances of conviction and depth. This promises to be an outstanding set”. Utah-based CD Hotlist remarked, “The Dovers stand out from the pack by playing with utterly perfect intonation, a near-telepathic sense of ensemble, and a lovely balance of passion and clarity”. New York’s WQXR proclaimed, “It’s hard to imagine a group better suited to recording these works than the Dover Quartet”.

In concert, the quartet has presented three complete Beethoven cycles, including the University at Buffalo’s famous “Slee Cycle” – which has offered annual Beethoven quartet cycles since 1955 and has featured the likes of the Budapest, Guarneri, and Cleveland Quartets. The Dover Quartet serves as the inaugural Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music and holds residencies with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, among other prestigious posts.

Tracklist:
Disc 1 (39:03)
1. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumovsky”: I. Allegro (10:11)
2. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumovsky”: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando (08:59)
3. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumovsky”: III. Adagio molto e mesto (12:13)
4. String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumovsky”: IV. Th`eme russe. Allegro (07:40)

Disc 2 (01:04:17)
1. String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”: I. Allegro (09:07)
2. String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”: II. Molto adagio (12:21)
3. String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”: III. Allegretto (06:47)
4. String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky”: IV. Finale. Presto (05:25)
5. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”: I. Introduzione (10:47)
6. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”: II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto (08:58)
7. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”: III. Menuetto (05:26)
8. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3 “Razumovsky”: IV. Allegro molto (05:26)

Disc 3 (50:49)
1. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: I. Poco adagio – Allegro (09:31)
2. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: II. Adagio ma non troppo (09:35)
3. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: III. Presto (04:55)
4. String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: IV. Allegretto con variazioni (07:01)
5. String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”: I. Allegro con brio (04:14)
6. String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”: II. Allegretto ma non troppo (06:45)
7. String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”: III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso (04:24)
8. String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”: IV. Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato (04:24)

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