Beethoven Late Quartets, Vol​.​2

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    When people discuss the greatest contributions to the arts in Western civilization, names such as Shakespeare, da Vinci, and Beethoven inevitably arise. Proponents for Beethoven cite his five late quartets, which were the final works that he completed. In this second of three volumes, the Cypress String Quartet continues to bring a fresh voice of humanity and clarity to these monumental works.

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"In the forest of Beethoven recordings, the Cypress String Quartet's are some of the mightiest trees. Compounding the success of its first installment of late-Beethoven quartets, the San Francisco-based ensemble here considers the great B-Flat Major, Op. 130, offering special insight by including both the original "Grosse Fuge" and the later, alternate finale. The performances are masterly: technically assured and lucidly conversational. After this, one can hardly wait for the third and final release."
Grade: A -- Zachary Lewis for the Cleveland Plain Dealer (7/11/2010)

"The Cypress’ joie de vivre in this music shines through in this movement, courtesy of close miking by engineer Mark Willsher. The Cypress project a feverish but delightful intensity into the mix...A fine album of chamber music, certainly a must for collectors of modern Beethoven surveys." - Gary Lemco for Audiophile Audition

Quartet Opus 130, Grosse Fuge Opus 133 & Alternate Finale Beethoven referred to his Opus 130 Quartet in his conversation books as the "Liebquartett" (Dear Quartet), a fitting title for a quartet that contains some of Beethoven's sweetest and most intimate music. Completed in 1825, the quartet is written in six movements, confounding expectations of music form...

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released August 3, 2010

Producer: Cecily Ward
Recording Engineer: Mark Willsher
Assistant Engineer: Dann Thompson
Program Notes: Todd Donovan
Photos: Basil Childers
Design: www.meyercreative.com
Recorded at 96kHz 24 bit on the Skywalker Sound scoring stage using a matched pair of Sanken CO-100K microphones.
Copyright 2010 Cypress Performing Arts Association. Printed in U.S.A.

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Cypress String Quartet San Francisco

Known for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) has been praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and its sound has been called “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The Cypress Quartet was formed in San Francisco in 1996 ... more

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