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Bernstein: Beethoven – String Quartet op.131 (24/192 FLAC)

Bernstein: Beethoven - String Quartet op.131 (24/192 FLAC)

Bernstein: Beethoven – String Quartet op.131 (24/192 FLAC)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release: 1992/2019
Size: 1.85 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (Version for String Orchestra by Dimitri Mitropoulos)
01. I. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto espressivo
02. II. Allegretto
03. III. Allegro moderato – attacca:
04. IV. Andante, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
05. V. Presto – Molto poco adagio – attacca
06. VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante – attacca:
07. VII. Allegro

Leonard Bernstein’s otherwise harmonious relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic hit a few bumps when he proposed that they perform this string quartet transcription of Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131. But only a few minutes into the first rehearsal, all static evaporated. One hears why: this great, idiosyncratic piece–along with the Quartet in F, op. 135–is played with startling freshness and affection. The unanimity of the orchestra ensures that textures are rarely muddied, while the sound of massed strings gives the music a grandeur always implied but never realized by conventional string quartet performances. What comes most to the fore in this version is the music’s meditative qualities. At times, the slow movements sound like Mahler, with whom Bernstein identified even more strongly than with Beethoven.

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