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Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets

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Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets
Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets


Following three acclaimed releases for AVIE surveying works by Dvorák, Schubert and contemporary Americans, The San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet turns to the seminal string quartets of Beethoven, performing the five quartets from the composer's middle period.

Formed in 1996, the Cypresses added Beethoven to their repertoire early on. Their signature sound, which is clear and transparent, built up from the bottom register and layered like a pyramid, lends itself beautifully to the Middle String Quartets - the three "Rasumovskys," the "Harp," and the "Serioso".

Personnel: Cecily Ward, Tom Stone (violin), Ethan Filner (viola), Jennifer Kloetzel (cello)

Critical acclaim for the Cypress String Quartet:

"A tender, deeply expressive interpretation." - The New York Times (on Schubert's String Quintet)

"Arresting clarity of sound...this young quartet is among the most impressive I have heard...[combining] the utmost scrupulousness and seriousness with a sense of discovery. - Stereophile

"Intensity that will melt your heart." - Fanfare


  1. Name
  2. String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1 Rasumovsky, I. Allegro
  3. II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
  4. III. Adagio molto e mesto
  5. IV. Allegro (Thème russe)
  6. String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59, No. 2 Rasumovsky, I. Allegro
  7. II. Molto Adagio
  8. III. Allegretto
  9. IV. Finale. Presto
  10. String Quartet No. 9, Op. 59, No. 3 Rasumovsky, I. Introduzione. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
  11. II. Andante con moto, quasi Allegretto
  12. III. Menuetto grazioso - Trio
  13. IV. Allegro molto
  14. String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 Harp, I. Poco Adagio - Allegro
  15. II. Adagio ma non troppo
  16. III. Presto - Piu presto quasi prestissimo
  17. IV. Allegro con variazioni
  18. String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 Serioso, I. Allegro con brio
  19. II. Allegretto ma non troppo
  20. III. Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso
  21. IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
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