Opus 18 needs little introduction and is often revered as demonstrating Beethoven’s total mastery of the Classical String Quartet. The Eybler Quartet completes its exploration of these iconic quartets in an album that showcases radiantly Beethoven’s fiendishly difficult tempi and his genius for finding contrast within a single pulse as well as highlighting the depths of his humour, wit and irony. This second volume features the String Quartets nos. 4-6.
The Eybler Quartet came together in 2004 to explore the works of the first century -and-a-half of the string quartet and plays on instruments appropriate to the period of the music it performs. The Toronto-based ensemble’s live performances have consistently garnered praise as “glowing and committed”, “spirited” and “lively and energizing”. The Eybler Quartet harnesses a unique combination of talents and skills: razor-sharp ensemble skills, technical prowess, expertise in period instrument performance and an unquenchable passion for the repertoire.
The group’s five other recordings feature world premieres of Eybler’s Opus 1, world premieres of Backofen quintets coupled with Mozart’s clarinet quintet featuring Jane Booth, Haydn's six quartets Op. 33, complete on 2 CDs, the world premiere of Johann Baptist Vanhal’s op. 6 on period instruments and volume one of Beethoven’s Opus 18 the companion to the present album.
Aisslinn Nosky violin
Julia Wedman violin
Patrick Jordan viola
Margaret Gay cello
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
3. Menuetto. Allegro
String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5
6. Menuetto - Trio
7. Andante cantabile con variazioni
String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
9. Allegro con brio
10. Adagio ma non tanto
11. Scherzo. Allegro
12. La Malinconia. Adagio - Allegretto quasi Allegro
Total running time: 74.41