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Beethoven, Ludwig Van / Sting Quartet No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (The Miró Quartet)
Album:Sting Quartet No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (The Miró Quartet) Collection:Classical
Artist:Beethoven, Ludwig Van Added:09/2018
Label:Mirror Records 

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2018-09-12 
Beethoven’s 1826 String Quartet No. 14 was among his favorites,
representing “a new manner of part-writing” that integrated virtually every element set forth at the outset, using a technique of “progressive modulation” within its seven movements, which move from C# Minor to C# Major. The finale quotes the opening fugue theme of mvmt #1 in its second theme, a kind of cyclic approach Beethoven used in his Fifth Symphony. B utilizes motivic material from his own Missa Solemnis, so the textures cast a religious aura about the whole. The opening fugue has been called “the most melancholy sentiment expressed in music.” The 4th mvmt is central to the work, set in A Major with a group of seven variations. The following Presto is in E Major, a scherzo in duple time, with the instruments playing in their highest register, pianissimo sul ponticello, (pianissimo on the bridge), a sound inconceivable to a deaf person except in his musical imagination. The G# Minor Adagio slowly proceeds to the Finale: Allegro, a sonata-form of violent rhythm and soaring melody, in the home key but moving to a major mode as a kind of spiritual victory. Bartok scanned this work religiously as nighttime reading.

Track Listing
1.Adagio Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo (6:34) 4.Andante Ma Non Troppo E Molto Cantabile (14:03)
2.Allegro Molto (2:55) 5.Presto (5:28)
3.Allegro Moderato - Adagio (0:50) 6.Adagio Quasi Un Poco Andante ((1:58)
 7.Allegro (6:37)