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7 CDs | (November 29, 2011) | Virgin
The Artemis Quartet
The first of the Artemis Quartet’s Virgin Classics CDs of Beethoven Quartets was released in Autumn 2005. Now, nearly six years later, the complete Beethoven cycle becomes available in a box of 7 CDs (TBC) which includes two previously unreleased items: the quartet No 10, op 74, known as the ‘Harp’, and a transcription for string quartet, proudly made by Beethoven himself, of the Piano Sonata No 9, op 14.
The Artemis’s debut release on Virgin Classics in 2005 comprised Beethoven’s op 59/1 and op 95, while the second release brought together op 59/2, the ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet, and the Quartet op 18/4. In France, the release was named CHOC of the Year by Le Monde de la Musique and was also awarded a Diapason d’Or; in Germany it became Chamber Music Recording of the Year in the ECHO Klassik awards of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. In the UK, the Sunday Times praised the “fresh, positive responses” of the Artemis Quartet, saying: “ … their colours are vivid and they are alert to the music’s intent to push all sorts of boundaries to breaking point,” while BBC Radio 3’s CD Review suggested that the recording should go to the top of any list of recommendations
String Quartet Op.18 No.1 in F major
String Quartet Op.18 No.4 in C minor
String Quartet Op.18 No.6 in B flat major
String Quartet Op.18 No.2 in G major
String Quartet Op.18 No.3 in D Major
String Quartet Op.18 No.5 in A Major
String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1 in F 'Razumovsky'
String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 in E minor 'Razumovsky'
String Quartet' Op. 59 No. 3 in C 'Razumovsky
String Quartet Op.74
String Quartet Op.95 No. 11 in F minor
String Quartet Op.127 No.12 in E flat major
String Quartet Op. 131 No. 14 in C sharp minor
String Quartet Op.130/133 in B flat major
String Quartet Op.14
String Quartet Op. 132 No. 15 in A minor
String Quartet Op.135 No.16 in F major 'Muss es sein? es muss sein!'