Tuesday 11 February 2020
BBC Music Magazine reviews Beethoven - Complete String Quartets
"The resulting set, attractively decorated with splotches and splashes..., should bring exhilaration, solance and satisfaction to many musical ears."
"[...] while the Miró find due intensity in such movements as the darkly tragic 'Adagio' of Op.18, No.1, their deftness of articulation elewhere tends towards a compensating spontaneity. Several of the finales are taken very fast, but with such precision of bowing and intonation that they never lapse into a scramble. When the three Op.59 quartets appeared in 1807, dedicated to Count Rasumovsky, they were generally regarded as 'very long and difficult'. Much of Op.59, No.1 in particular, lasting an unprecedented 40 minutes, proceeds in extended paragraphs underpinned by slowmoving harmonies, yet the Miró are convincing both in unfolding the serenely majestic progress of its first movement and in sustaining the febrile energy of its incessantly inventive dance-like second."
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