HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Works For String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

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A great great “THANK YOU” to our friend Joediaprile for this gift
It is said that when Schubert was about to die, he asked to listen to Beethoven’s Op 131 for the very last time. Listen to this magnificient recording and you’ll see why such a genius was so impressed and always felt not to have come close to Ludwig van’s masterity. The other discs are well filled of music which flows from a sublime soul. I’d rather own the entire set of Quartets than split them between “early” and “late” ones. Any way you can, make sure you have this opus in your collection.

# Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
# Performer: Quartetto Italiano
# Vinyl (1968-1974)
# Number of Discs: 10
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 10.7 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

 

Such complete works as this – spanning the composer’s lifetime – make for an excellent study in the composer’s musical evolution. Although termed “early” works, Beethoven’s first Op. 18 Quartets were composed when he was around thirty, having dozens of brilliant compositions behind him. These first quartets show both the ‘restrained’ classical forms and mannerisms of Haydn but with notable evolutions like the introduction of deeply emotional and tragic writing (the slow movement of the No. 1 for example).

The “middle period” quartets (op. 59, 74, 95) shows Beethoven at his most “Heroic” style composing broad, sweeping, and increasing complex part writing – so much that the fickle Viennese audiences used to Haydn’s and Mozart’s classical style were not quite sure what to think of them.

Even more abstract to audiences (outside Beethoven’s quartet friends) were the late works (Op. 127, 130-135) which progress to totally new ideas, sounds and organization. These included unusual, frequent and unexpected shifts in dynamics, tempo and key modulations. But most historic was an intangible emotive quality Beethoven introduced to music which might be termed “spirituality.” What is most amazing is that these musical revolutions all were developed when in Bethoven’s final years lived in a state of sadness, illness, deafness and isolation. Yet, having a lifetime of notes and music in his head, his composing skills were not limited at all by this deafness but perhaps even more focused. With their highly evolutionary form and spiritual nature, the late quartets are in a category of their own and have provoked many an analysis as to their meaning and connection to Beethoven’s final years.

The Quartetto Italiano show why they were a legendary quartet in the 60’s and 70’s with a remarkable performance of great depth here. Complementing them is a vibrant Philips recording in spite of its 60’s heritage. The sound is very good. Their playing is masterful, dramatic and probing – all while maintaining their characteristic smooth and emotive style that has endeared them for generations.

Tracklist

  The Early Quartets
  Nr. 3 D – Dur Op. 18, 3
A1 Allegro  
A2 Andante Con Moto  
A3 Allegro  
A4 Presto  
  Nr. 1 F – Dur Op. 18, 1
B1 Allegro Con Brio  
B2 Adagio Affettuoso Ed Appassionato  
B3 Scherzo (Allegro Molto)  
B4 Allegro  
  Nr. 2 G Dur Op. 18, 2
C1 Allegro  
C2 Adagio Cantabile – Allegro – Tempo I  
C3 Scherzo (Allegro)  
C4 Allegro Molto, Quasi Presto  
  Nr. 4 C – Moll Op. 18, 4
D1 Allegro Ma Non Tanto  
D2 Andante Scherzoso, Quasi Allegretto  
D3 Menuetto (Allegretto)  
D4 Allegro  
  Nr. 5 A – Dur Op. 18, 5
E1 Allegro  
E2 Menuetto  
E3 Andante Cantabile  
E4 Allegro  
  Nr. 6 B – Dur Op. 18, 6
F1 Allegro Con Brio  
F2 Adagio Ma Non Troppo  
F3 Scherzo (Allegro)  
F4 La Malinconia (Adagio – Allegretto Quasi Allegro – Adagio – Allegretto – Poco Adagio – Prestissimo)  
  The Middle – Period Quartets
  Nr. 7 F – Dur Op. 59, 1 (‘Rasumowsky’ Nr. 1)
G1 Allegro  
G2 Allegretto Vivace E Sempre Scherzando  
H1 Adagio Molto E Mesto
 
H2 Theme Russe (Allegro)  
  Nr. 8 E – Moll Op. 59, 2 (‘Rasumowsky’ No. 2)
H3 Allegro  
I1 Molto Adagio  
I2 Allegretto  
I3 Finale (Presto)  
  Nr. 9 C – Dur Op. 59, 3 (‘Rasumowsky’ No. 3)
J1 Introduzione (Andante Con Moto) – Allegro Vivace  
J2 Andante Con Moto Quasi Allegretto  
J3 Menuetto (Grazioso)
 
J4 Allegro Molto  
  Nr. 10 Es – Dur Op. 74 ‘Harfenquartett’
K1 Poco Adagio – Allegro  
K2 Adagio Ma Non Troppo  
K3 Presto – Piu Presto Quasi Prestissimo
 
K4 Allegretto Con Variazioni  
  Nr. 11 F – Moll Op.95 ‘Serioso’
L1 Allegro Con Brio  
L2 Allegretto Ma Non Troppo
 
L3 Allegro Assai Vivace Ma Serioso  
L4 Larghetto Espressivo – Allegretto Agitato  
  The Late Quartets With ‘Grosse Fuge’, Op. 133
  Nr. 12 Es – Dur Op. 127
M1 Maestoso – Allegro  
M2 Adagio, Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile  
M3 Scherzando Vivace  
N1 Finale  
  Nr. 16 F – Dur Op. 135
N2 Allegretto  
N3 Vivace  
N4 Lento Assai, Cantante E Tranquillo  
N5 Der Schwer Gefasste Entschluss (Grave – Allegro. Grave Ma Non Troppo Tratto – Allegro)  
  No. 13 B – Dur Op. 130
O1 Adagio Ma Non Troppo – Allegro  
O2 Presto  
O3 Andante Con Moto Ma Non Troppo. Poco Scherzando  
O4 Alla Danza Tedesca (Allegro Assai)  
O5 Cavatina (Adagio Molto Espressivo)  
  Grosse Fuge B – Dur Op. 133
P1 Overtura (Allegro) – Meno Mosso E Moderato – Allegro – Fuga  
  No. 13 B – Dur Op. 130
P2 Finale (Allegro)  
  Nr. 14 CIS – Moll Op. 131
Q1 Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo
 
Q2 Allegro Molto Vivace
 
Q3 Allegro Moderato
 
Q4 Andante Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile – Piu Mosso – Andante Moderato E Lusinghiero – Adagio – Allegretto – Adagio, Ma Non Troppo E Semplice – Allegretto  
R1 Presto
 
R2 Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante
 
R3 Allegro  
  Nr. 15 A – Moll Op. 132
S1 Assai Sostenuto – Allegro  
S2 Allegro Ma Non Tanto  
T1 Molto Adagio: Canzona Di Ringraziamento Offerta Alla Divinita’ Da Un Guarito, In Modo Lidico  
T2 Alla Marcia, Assai Vivace – Piu’ Allegro – Presto
 
T3 Allegro Appassionato  

 

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Number of files:    71
Official DR value:    DR14
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Ripping Info

Monitoring

If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

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22 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Ludwig van Beethoven – Complete Works For String Quartets (Quartetto Italiano)

  1. I’ve just listened to Qt 1 & 2: Magnificent rip Rach…much better than even the remastered CD version. Thanks again! I agree that the Italianos are an absolute reference in Beethoven!

  2. Thanks so much for this special set.
    I am finding that Q4 has a title that is too long for Windows to handle or most players to play it. And it cannot be edited to a shorter title because of this. Could you please post another version of Q4 with a truncated title,.

      • Puzzling as I am running Windows 10 64 bit. The filename was entered into its directory as it extracted from .rar but from there it cannot be copied, edited, played, etc.
        In case there are others with this problem, after a long search I found a solution. You can rename too long filenames with 7-zip.

        • Glad you could find a way to manage it….if I would have to reload the re-named file, you would have to wait until after Xmas, because I have a-KM-long queue of files to be reuploaded. The Mac is running for 2 days and surely for the next 4-5 days

  3. Many thanks to the generous souls who made this classic set available. Many years ago I used to own a copy of this very set of LP’s so it is very much an old friend returning. After over 40 years of listening to Beethoven I am in no doubt these quartets are his crowning glory.

    The Quartetto Italiano’s way is not the only way to play this music but the interpretations continue to stand the test of time.

  4. Dear Rach,

    This box is huge! I am eager to compare to the recording I bought from the Centennial edition. The Phillips set is a very exciting perspective.

    Best,

    Tiago

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