Beethoven String Quartets Op.59 (1-3) ‘Razumovsky’ Op.74 ‘Harp’


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Beethoven String Quartets Op.59 (1-3) ‘Razumovsky’ Op.74 ‘Harp’

The Lindsays
Peter Cropper – violin;
Ronald Birks – violin;
Robin Ireland – viola;
Bernard Gregor-Smith — cello

Catalogue Number: ALC 2027
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: 2001/2 DDD, 143 mins




“(They) open Op.59/I like a relaxed invitation … (their) nourishing perceptions are worth anyone’s time” (Gramophone) “Extra sharpness of characterization as well as the extra warmth, compared with their earlier cycle … (No.2): the sublime molto adagio has an inner hush beyond the earlier set. (‘Harp’): fun brought out in the first movement … the adagio treated songfully…excellent sound.” ( Penguin Guide 3 stars)

  • Disc One (74:54)
  • String Quartet in F, Op.59 No.1 (‘Razumovsky’)
  • [1] I: Allegro 11:13
  • [2] II: Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando 9:20
  • [3] III: Adagio molto e mesto – 14:18
  • [4] IV: Thème Russe (Allegro) 8:32
  • String Quartet in C, Op.59 No.3 (‘Razumovsky’)
  • [5] I: Introducione (Andante con moto) – allegro vivace 10:44
  • [6] II: Andante con moto quasi allegretto 8:52
  • [7] III: Menuetto (Grazioso) 5:13
  • [8] IV: Allegro molto 6:38
  • Disc Two (68:08)
  • String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 (‘Razumovsky’)
  • [1] I: Allegro 12:59
  • [2] II: Molto adagio 12:32
  • [3] III: Allegretto 6:57
  • [4] IV: Presto 5:26
  • String Quartet in E flat, Op.74 (‘Harp’)
  • [5] I: Poco adagio – allego 9:47
  • [6] II: Adagio, ma non troppo 8:50
  • [7] III: Presto – 4:59
  • [8] IV: Allegretto con variazioni 6:34