The Lindsays – Beethoven: String Quartets – Vol. 7 (2001) MCH SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

The Lindsays – Beethoven: String Quartets – Vol. 7 (2001)
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Played with its intended finale, Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.130 represents one of the summits of the composer’s creative output. The Lindsays have lived with this music for a long time, and this intimate knowledge of the musical argument shines through this account. Every great quartet has attempted this piece, and here the Lindsays add their own interpretative stamp in no uncertain terms. In a piece which encompasses an entire lifetime of emotions, it is fitting that they are not afraid to stretch the music to its fullest extent: the second movement is a true Presto, scampering along at a tremendous rate, and the contrasts of the first movement are given their full due. They are at their finest in the mighty “Grosse Fuge” finale. Here Beethoven stretches quartet writing to its very limits (it still sounds modern, even today). The Lindsays display furious concentration and determination, while bringing an otherworldly quality to some of the quieter passages. They certainly refuse to apologise for the striking, sparse textures and the stark juxtapositions: the result is nothing less than triumphant. The alternative movement Beethoven provided because of the extreme demands of the “Grosse Fuge” is included on the disc along with a second performance of the preceding Cavatina.


01. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 1st movement: Adagio, ma non troppo – Allegro
02. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 2nd movement: Presto
03. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 3rd movement: Andante con moto, ma non troppo
04. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 4th movement: Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)
05. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 5th movement: Cavatina (Adagio motto expressivo)
06. String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130: 6th movement: Grosse Fuge, Op.133
07. Alternative Ending – 5th movement: Cavatina (second performance)
08. Alternative Ending – 6th movement: Finale: Allegro

Peter Cropper – first violin
Ronald Birks – second violin
Robin Ireland – viola
Bernard Gregor-Smith – cello




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