Beethoven String Quartets Op.131, Op.18-2, Op.132, Op.59-3

Beethoven String Quartets Op.131, Op.18-2, Op.132, Op.59-3

Release Date: 08/03/2010

CD 1

String Quartet No. 9 in C 'Razumovsky' Op. 59 No. 3

I. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace

II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto

III. Menuetto (Grazioso) & Trio

IV. Allegro molto


String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132

I. Allegro

II. Allegro ma non tanto

III. Molto adagio

IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace

V. Allegro appasionato


CD 2

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G major Op. 18 No. 2

I. Allegro

II. Adagio cantabile

III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio

IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto


Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131

I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo

II. Allegro molto vivace

III. Andante moderato

IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile

V. Presto

VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante

VII. Allegro


Artemis Quartet

Natalia Prischepenko, Heime Müller - violins
Volker Jacobsen - viola
Eckart Runge - cello









‘The Artemis String Quartet makes chamber music spectacular: the quartet's playing is polished and precise but at the same time spontaneous, fresh and explosive as though the music is being improvised on the spot. Even the physical motions involved with the bowing are beautifully choreographed to reflect the mood of the music.’ - The Enquirer

Beethoven remains the ultimate test for a string quartet; with their ongoing complete cycle for Virgin Classics, the Artemis Quartet are rising to the challenge.

The Quartet’s debut release on the label in 2005 comprised Beethoven’s op 59/1 and op 95, followed by the second release in 2008 in the cycle bringing together op 59/2, the ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet, and the Quartet op 18/4 and which also introduced the ensemble’s latest members, Gregor Sigl (violin) and Friedemann Weigle (viola). The interpretations were warmly welcomed: in France, the release was named CHOC of the Year by Le Monde de la Musique and was also awarded a Diapason d’Or, while in Germany the recording was chosen as Chamber Music Recording of the Year in the the ECHO Klassik awards of the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. In the UK, the influential Sunday Times singled out the release, praising the “fresh, positive responses” of the Artemis Quartet: “ … their colours are vivid and they are alert to the music’s intent to push all sorts of boundaries to breaking point.”

In the UK, BBC Radio 3’s CD Review suggested that the recording (op 59/2 & 18/4) should go to the top of any list of recommendations, while the Daily Telegraph observed that the Artemis “keep romantic expressiveness, dramatic urgency and a classical sense of architecture in fine equilibrium.”

A concert performance of Beethoven’s op 18/4 in the USA in 2008 year prompted the following reaction from the New York Times: “The Artemis has always played with vigor, brilliance and sensitivity. More than that, its performances have had clarity of conception and unfussy directness. All these qualities were abundant on this occasion … Beethoven's Quartet in C minor (Op. 18, No. 4) came across in this incisive and full-bodied performance as the audacious work of a supremely confident young man, especially in a moody menuetto, thick with slinky chromatic lines and wayward harmonies.”




30 April 2019