Beethoven: Inventions 1 Cuarteto Casals
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1:
- 1String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: I. Allegro08:30
- 2String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: II. Andante con moto08:13
- 3String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: III. Allegro03:04
- 4String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1: IV. Presto06:13
- String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3:
- 5String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3: I. Allegro07:13
- 6String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3: II. Andante con moto06:21
- 7String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3: III. Allegro02:40
- 8String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3: IV. Presto05:59
- String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4:
- 9String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4: I. Allegro07:44
- 10String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4: II. Andante con moto06:31
- 11String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4: III. Allegro03:09
- 12String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4: IV. Presto04:29
Info for Beethoven: Inventions 1
Launching its complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Cuarteto Casals presents this first installment featuring initial examples of the genre from each of the three key periods in the composer’s career: his formative years, the so called ‘heroic’ middle period, and that of his artistic maturity. The ingenious juxtaposition shows how much his superhuman quest for perfection enriched a compositional language of breathtaking originality in tandem with a depth of expression without precedent in this genre, of which Beethoven is the uncontested master.
A quartet for the new millennium if I ever heard one ” wrote Strad magazine upon hearing Cuarteto Casals for the first time, shortly after its inception in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid.
Since winning First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie in Berlin, among many others throughout Europe, North America and Japan.
The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the Harmonia Mundi label, including to date 9 CD’s, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through 20th Century greats Bartok, Kurtag and Ligeti. Following its critically acclaimed performances of Schubert's fifteen string quartets last season, Cuarteto Casals will record the cycle live for DVD in at L'Auditori in Barcelona, where it is quartet in residence.
“A sonic signature entirely its own,” raved the New York Times, describing Cuarteto Casals’ distinctive range of expression. A prize from the prestigious Burletti-Buitoni Trust in London enabled the quartet to purchase a matching set of Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtag, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers.
In recognition of Cuarteto Casals’ unique position as the first Spanish string quartet with a truly international profile, the quartet has been honored with the Premio Nacional de Música as well as the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet has accompanied the King of Spain on diplomatic visits and performed on the peerless collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid.
Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America and is Quartet in Residence at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside and teach.