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The Summer of the String Quartet – Part Five

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Part One:
Part Two:
Part Three:
Part Four:
Summer of the String Quartet
(Still open for your suggestions)
String Quartet talks, what do you like etc ?
Beethoven String Quarets
(You will soon understand why...)

TC'er peeyaj is also in on the String Quartet fun - thanks for your contribution to our (hot !) summer of the String Quartet. You stole some of my thunder, but I'm not bitter...

En français:

This week on ITYWLTMT, we are travelling from Linz, through the Alps, to Switzerland. In my original thread, I asked for Austrian quartets, and three names dominated: Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven.

I featured Haydn quartets in Part one, and had a complete performance of the Hunt quartet in my Father's Day montage. As for Schubert, peeyaj has that covered with "Death and the Maiden", one of my all-time favourites..

Which leaves Beethioven, whom we featured in Part One as well, but who also was the consensus winner on our poll. I have chosen to present four quartets, as played in the early 1950's by the Budapest String Quartet. These monaural recordings, which can be found on their "complete cycle", were recorded at the Library of Congress.

The performances can be enjoyed on line from the Public Dmain Classic website.

One more week of the Summer of the String Quartet left - hang in there!


Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, no. 4
[Recommended by Olias]

String quartet No. 14 in C sharp mino, Op. 131
[Recommended by Nix]

String quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

String quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
[Recommended by Haydnfan]

Performed by the Budapest String Quartet (In concert at the Library of Congress, 1951-52)
(Joseph Roisman and Jac Gorodetsky, violins, Boris Kroyt, viola and Mischa Schneider, cello)

August 5th 2011, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Die Alpen und der Schweiz" to our Pod-O-Matic podcast.. Read our English and French commentary August 5th on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.
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Updated Aug-02-2011 at 12:49 by itywltmt

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