Quartetto di Cremona
No compromises

An unusual addition completes the fifth volume of the QdC’s complete Beethoven cycle: the String Quintet in C Major. Its inclusion is a completely logical choice, as it is Beethoven’s only composition for string quintet. This intruder from the years 1800-01 fits in perfectly with the rest of Beethoven’s absorbing works. Lawrence Dutton on second viola is perfectly adapted to the devoted tones of the Quartetto di Cremona.

…The intense and compact musical language of the Quartetto di Cremona illustrates vividly how Beethoven’s music itself became spare and compact in his last years. True pure-blooded musicians with impassioned performances of Op. 29 and Op. 132.

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