LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

PARKER QUARTET

Daniel Chong, Ken Hamao, violons
Jessica Bodner, alto
Kee-Hyun Kim, violoncelle

Quatuors à cordes, opus 18, 59, 74

Considered one of the finest American string quartets, the Parker Quartet became quartet in residence at prestigious Harvard University in 2014. Association with this great center of excellence has further developed their interpretation of the Beethoven Quartets. Their subtle readings of them bring new life to every detail of the scores. The three masterpieces chosen for this CD come from a specific period in the composer’s life, 1799-1809 – ten years during which Beethoven blew asunder established classical reference points, forging a new, ambitious and romantic style. For Beethoven, the string quartet was the perfect medium for exploring this new way of writing. More intimate and lighter than the orchestra, the medium is, as Stravinsky would later write, “the most lucid conveyor of musical ideas ever fashioned.”

CD 1 DURÉE TOTALE − 51’15’’

QUATUOR À CORDES N°10 EN MI BÉMOL MAJEUR, OP. 74 « LES HARPES »
1. Poco adagio – Allegro 8’58’’
2. Adagio ma non troppo 8’24’’
3. Presto – Più presto quasi prestissimo 4’44’’
4. Allegretto con variazioni 6’26’’

QUATUOR À CORDES N°6 EN SI BÉMOL MAJEUR, OP. 18
5. Allegro con brio 5’21’’
6. Adagio ma non troppo 6’53’’
7. Scherzo. Allegro 3’03’’
8. La Malinconia. Adagio. 7’26’’
Allegretto quasi Allegro

CD 2 DURÉE TOTALE − 32’11’’

QUATUOR À CORDES N°8 EN MI MINEUR, OP. 59 n°2
1. Allegro 9’19’’
2. Molto Adagio. Si tratta questo 11’40’’pezzo con molto di sentimento
3. Allegretto – Maggiore. Thème russe 5’56’’
4. Finale. Presto 5’16’’