Someone has uploaded to YouTube--in one nine-hour file (never seen anything this long there)--all 16 of LVB's string quartets, which some consider the Everest of music (though for that you really have to get to quartet 6 and onward, or from 2:15 on). And it's by the fabled Quartetto Italiano in a legendary cycle. And good sound quality, for such a file. Go to YouTube for times for each quartet starting. If you're a newcomer, just go to 8:50 for the second movement of the first quartet (ten minutes long) and see if you get hooked. Note: Our new film and book explore one of Beethoven's other peaks, The Ninth Symphony, and its incredible political and cultural influence around globe. See trailer and amazing Bill Moyers segment.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Beethoven: The Complete Quartets
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