Ludwig van Beethoven Three String Quartets

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The three "Razumovsky" (or "Rasumovsky") string quartets, opus 59, are the quartets Ludwig van Beethoven wrote in 1806, as a result of a commission by the Russian ambassador in Vienna, Count Andreas Razumovsky: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1 String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3They are the first three of what are usually known as the "Middle Period" string quartets, or simply the "Middle Quartets." The other two are opus 74 and opus 95. Many quartets record all five as a set. Beethoven uses a characteristically Russian theme in the first two quartets in honor of the prince who gave him the commission: In Op. 59 No. 1, the "Thème russe" (as the score is marked) is the principal theme of the last movement. In Op. 59 No. 2, the Thème russe is in the B section of the third movement. This theme is based on a Russian folk song which was also utilized by Modest Mussorgsky in the coronation scene of his opera Boris Godunov, by Sergei Rachmaninoff in the sixth movement of his 6 Morceaux for Piano Duet, Op.11 "Glory" ("Slava"), and by Igor Stravinsky in his ballet The Firebird. In the quartet Op. 59 No. 3, there is no Thème russe explicitly named in the score, but many commentators have heard a Russian character in the subject of the Andantino movement.All three quartets were published as a set in 1808 in Vienna.

Albums

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Simply the Best
Profil
Beethoven for Two Guitars
Hänssler Classic
Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 2, in E Minor and Op. 59, No.3, in C Major
Telarc
Complete String Quartets (CD 4)
Nimbus
Complete String Quartets (CD 3)
Nimbus
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 "Rasumovsky"
ASV
Transfigured Beethoven
Hänssler Classic
The Orford String Quartet
CBC
Beethoven - String Quartets
Warner Music
Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets
Claves Records
String Quartets 4
Boheme
Hommage
Warner Music
Beethoven String Quartets Op 18 No. 4 & Op.59 No. 2
Warner Music
Beethoven: String Quartet Opp. 59 & 95
Warner Music
Beethoven Qts. Opp. 59 & 74, Colorado String Quartet - 20th Anniversary Release
Parnassus Records
The Busch Quartet Live: Beethoven & Mozart
Arbiter Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Beethoven: String Quartets, Vol. 5
Boheme
Great Composers - Beethoven
Cavendish Music
Orpheus Quartet: String Quartets
K&K Verlagsanstalt
Wihan Quartet : Beethoven Middle String Quartets
Nimbus

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