BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B flat major, Op.130 / Grosse Fuge Op.133
Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in B♭ major, Op. 130 was completed (in its final form) in November 1826. The number traditionally assigned to it is based on the order of its publication; it is actually Beethoven's 14th quartet in order of composition. The work is unusual among quartets in having six movements. After the work's first performance, mixed reactions and his publisher's suggestion convinced Beethoven to substitute a different final movement, much shorter and lighter than the enormous Fuge. The original finale was published separately under the title "Große Fuge" as Opus 133. Modern performances sometimes follow the composer's original intentions, leaving out the substitute finale and concluding with the fugue - on this recording both finales are included on Side 2.
String Quartet in B flat major, Op.130
1. Adagio, ma non troppo - Allegro
3. Andante con moto, ma non troppo
4. Alla danza tedesca: Allegro assai
5. Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo
6. Finale: Allegro
7. Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op.133
Norbert Brainin, violin
Siegmund Nissel, violin
Peter Schidlof, viola
Martin Lovett, cello
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