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BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quintets, Opp. 29 and 104 / Fugue, Op. 137 (Fine Arts Quartet, Sharon)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble • Sharon, Gil, viola
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572221
Label Naxos
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One of the best-kept secrets of chamber music, Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major, Op. 29, was written between the well-known ‘early’ and ‘middle’ string quartets. This strangely neglected masterpiece of startling originality is coupled here with Beethoven’s own transcription for string quintet of his early Piano Trio in C minor and the Fugue in D major, a musical curiosity written as an inducement to his publisher to make fewer printing errors. The Fine Arts Quartet has made many highly acclaimed Naxos recordings.


   



Magnificent music superbly rendered
Review By ptesone,May 2011

This recording of Beethoven´s rarely heard string quintets brings to us the finest music played by highly respected musicians: the Fine Arts Quartet and violist Sharon Gil.

The performance of said quintets and of the Fugue Op. 137 are of the best sound quality and superior musicianship, perfectly recorded, so as to carry the listener to the highest level of pleasure. I heartly recommend this exceptional album.

- Dr. Pedro A. Tesone



Review By Steve Moffat, Village Voice – Balmain,August 2010

BEETHOVEN only wrote one string quintet, and that was fairly early in his career, but Naxos have teamed the Op 29 work with the adaptation of his C minor piano trio in a new release featuring the excellent US ensemble Fine Arts Quartet joined by violist Gil Sharon (8572221). Another fine recording by this budget label, this is a must-have for any serious collector of chamber music…The pieces make a lovely pairing. © 2010 Village Voice - Balmain

Review By Steve Moffat, Village Voice – Balmain,August 2010

BEETHOVEN only wrote one string quintet, and that was fairly early in his career, but Naxos have teamed the Op 29 work with the adaptation of his C minor piano trio in a new release featuring the excellent US ensemble Fine Arts Quartet joined by violist Gil Sharon (8572221). Another fine recording by this budget label, this is a must-have for any serious collector of chamber music…The pieces make a lovely pairing. © 2010 Village Voice - Balmain

Review By , Balaam's Music,May 2010

Beethoven String Quintets—surprisingly obscure—are unearthed by the Fine Arts Quartet, joined by Gil Sharon on Viola. The first, Opus 29 in C major comes between the well known opus 18 quartets and the Rasumovsky quartets. The second, Opus 104, is an arrangement of his early Piano Trio in C minor, and the Fugue in D major is a musical curiosity, written as an inducement to his publisher to make fewer printing errors.





 

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