The Budapest Quartet was formed in 1917 by three Hungarians and a Dutchman. When the group arrived in America in 1934, all four players were Russians. The Budapest became this country's first string quartet able to live entirely on performing; it owed its meteoric rise to fame in part to the nationwide broadcasts of its concerts. These middle quartets of Beethoven, recorded here by the great Budapest Quartet between 1940 and 1960, in my opinion set the standard of playing for the middle quartets (as do their other recordings for the early and late quartets). The playing here is clean and incredibly precise, thus leaving the listener with a very satisfied feeling.
The Budapest Quartet was the quartet in residence at the Library of Congress from 1938 until 1962, a position created so that they could make regular use of the Librarys collection of Stradivarius instruments. Their regular performances at the Library all made use of these remarkable instruments, and the quartet also used them on these recordings, made in the Library itself. To avoid direct competition with the Columbia set, Bridge avoided the years 1951-52: Of the seventeen Beethoven quartets, eleven were recorded in concert 1940-45, and six in 1960-62. Early Quartets: Beethoven: The Early String Quartets Middle Quartets: Beethoven The Middle Quartets in Concert at the Library of Congress 1940-1960 Late Quartets: Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Budapest String Quartet in Concert at The Library of Congress These recordings looked more attractive twenty years ago.
Temporarily out of stock. The release of this two-disc set completes the Budapest String Quartet's historic Beethoven string quartet cycle, recorded at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. Both the middle and late quartets from this cycle (BRIDGE 9099A/C and BRIDGE 9072A/C) have frequently been cited as among the finest recordings ever made of Beethoven's singular masterpieces. The present recordings of Beethoven's six Op. 18 quartets were selected from performances given during the Budapest String Quartet's 22-year long residency at the Library (1940-1962).
Album · 2000 · 21 Songs. Alexander Schneider speaks about the Budapest String Quartet's early years. By Anonymous - Alexander Schneider. String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 "Rasumovsky No. 3". 28:38.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS BEETHOVEN RECORDINGS: The Budapest Quartet was the at the Library of Congress from 1938-1962. Twenty years ago, the independent label Bridge brought out a complete Beethoven cycle using alternate concert performances.
Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Budapest String Quartet in Concert at The Library of Congress. This earlier cycle was made well before the technical decline evident in many of this ensemble's stereo recordings, including their Beethoven from the 1960's. In 1952 the Budapest still possessed a unanimity of ensemble and accuracy of intonation that they found increasingly difficult to manage as time went o. .The good news is that The Budapest's monaural Beethoven cycle, which to my ears is superior in every respect to their stereo cycle, has been reissued in excellent transfers from United Archives.
The Budapest String Quartet, one of the past century’s greatest ensembles, certainly was in its element with Beethoven’s middle quartets. The group’s approach to these seminal works is faithful yet original, playing with a striking cross between the multi-hued zeal and scope of orchestral playing and the freedom and flexibility of chamber music–an intoxicating combination. Listening to this set, culled from live performances at the Library of Congress circa 1941 (with one exception), offers a chance to experience this understandably legendary quartet at the height of its powers
Beethoven, The Budapest Quartet – The Middle Quartets. Label: Odyssey – Y3 33316, Columbia – Y3 33316. Recorded At The Library Of Congress, 1951-1952.
In Concert at the Library of Congress 1943-1962. The Budapest String Quartet. It’s been well worth the wait for these performances. Restoration has done what it can for the boxy originals, but the energy and drive of the playing will make up for that. MusicWeb International, March 2012. Both the middle and late Quartets from this cycle (BRIDGE9099A/C and BRIDGE9072A/C) have frequently been cited as among the finest recordings ever made of Beethoven's singular masterpieces. 18 quartets were selected from performances given during the Budapest's 22-year long residency at the Library.
The Budapest Quartet's original members were Emil Hauser, Imre Poganyi, Istvan Ipolyi, and Harry Son, all of whom had played in the Budapest Opera Orchestra. Their debut concert in 1917, at Kolozsvar in Hungary, was a great success, and by the early 1920s they'd begun touring Europe. The group was acclaimed by audiences and critics everywhere for their superb ensemble playing and the depth and insight that they brought to their repertory, which extended from the Classical to the contemporary, including the quartets of Bartók and Kodály. The group flourished during the late 1920s and.
|Quartet No. 7 In F Major, Op. 59, No. 1||(38:38)|
|1-2||2. Allegretto Vivace E Sempre Scherzando||9:01|
|1-3||3. Adagio Molto E Mesto||11:54|
|1-4||4. Thème Russe: Allegro||7:34|
|1-5||Alexander Schneider Speaks About The Budapest String Quartet's Early Years||6:02|
|Quartet No. 9 In C Major, Op. 59, No. 3||(28:29)|
|2-1||1. Introduzione: Andante Con Moto; Allegro Vivace||8:20|
|2-2||2. Andante Con Moto Quasi Allegretto||8:53|
|2-3||3. Menuetto; Grazioso)||5:04|
|2-4||4. Allegro Molto||6:09|
|Quartet No. 8 In E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2||(31:33)|
|2-6||2. Molto Adagio||13:12|
|2-8||4. Finale: Presto||5:30|
|Quartet No. 10 In E-flat Major, Op. 74 ("Harp")||(30:22)|
|3-1||1. Poco Adagio; Allegro||9:52|
|3-2||2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo||9:55|
|3-4||4. Allegretto Con Variazioni||6:15|
|Quartet No. 11 In F Minor, Op. 95 ("Serioso")||(19:58)|
|3-5||1. Allegro Con Brio||4:17|
|3-6||2. Allegretto Ma Non Troppo||6:32|
|3-7||3. Allegro Assai Vivace Ma Serioso||4:20|
|3-8||4. Larghetto Espressivo; Allegretto Agitato||4:47|
- Cello – Mischa Schneider
- Engineer [Restoration], Mastered By – Adam Abeshouse
- Engineer [Transfer] – Brad McCoy, Larry Appelbaum
- Executive-Producer – Anne McLean (Music Division, The Library Of Congress)*
- Liner Notes – Harris Goldsmith
- Producer – Becky Starobin, David Starobin
- Viola – Boris Kroyt
- Violin  – Joseph Roisman
- Violin  – Alexander Schneider (tracks: 1-1 to 1-4, 2-5 to 3-8), Edgar Ortenberg (tracks: 2-1 to 2-4)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 090404909924
Title: The Middle Quartets (In Concert At The Library Of Congress, 1940-1960)
Date of release: 2000
Size MP3: 1174 mb
Size FLAC: 1965 mb
Rating: 4.6 / 5
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