Beethoven - String Quartets Nos 8 & 15 | Praga Digitals PRD250314

Beethoven - String Quartets Nos 8 & 15

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Label: Praga Digitals

Cat No: PRD250314

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 16th October 2015

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This record presents, in a well considered but uncommon juxtaposition, two of the most significant among Beethovenís string quartets.

The first of these (the eighth), in modo russo, proposes the first great scherzo da camera in the history of the form, leaving far behind all of Haydnís and Mozartís minuettos or ternary allegros.

The second on the CD (the famous fifteenth) is much more widely expanded: it is a form of musical, but also existential, testament. The molto adagio (third movement, also known as Thanksgiving to the divinity from a cured man) must be played 'mit innigster Empfindung' (with the most intimate feeling). The last movements must not be limited by the technical problems given by ďthose sixteen wretched stringsĒ (Beethovenís own expression, answering to Ignaz Schuppanzigh, leader of the quartet which created all of Beethovenís last quartets).

Today, the Prazaks, at their best, dominate the difficulties.

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