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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Quartets, WoO 36 (New Zealand Piano Quartet)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) New Zealand Piano Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570998
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


From the pen of the fifteen-year-old Beethoven, these three piano quartets are among the earliest examples of a chamber music genre that would not reach full maturity until the time of Brahms. Beethoven’s path-breaking essays stand beside those of Mozart (Naxos 8.554274), also dating from the mid-1780s. In them the teenage composer and virtuoso pianist exuberantly explores the relationship between the strings and piano, and would later borrow from them for his Piano Sonatas, Op. 2 (8.550150). With this recording the New Zealand Piano Quartet makes its Naxos début.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,May 2009

It has been a very long time since these wonderful works had been recorded in their entirety, so this new release by the New Zealand Piano Quartet—and what a great and spirited one!—is warmly welcome. Penned by the 15 year old Beethoven, they are clearly works of genius, even if (understandably) heavily influenced by Haydn and Mozart. The New Zealanders play stylishly, vigourously and with great tone and benefit from outstanding recorded sound. Most warmly and highly recommended!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2009

Three piano quartets, unpublished in Beethoven’s lifetime, are of historic importance as early examples of a genre that became prominent in later generations. Those who ask why we have become besotted with everything from famous composers will point to a set of piano trios from a fifteen-year-old that could have been written by any reasonably competent 19th century kapellmeister. Beethoven was flexing his young muscles, and though already achieving much, these scores are simply a solo voice with other instruments providing the accompaniment. He had yet to master dialogue and interplay, and as juvenilia would never have expected them to be published. Still, there is much to enjoy in the vivacious Rondo to the third numbered of this group, and it was a brave



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