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Playlists for December 12-16: Beethoven Quartets

Join us as we savor Beethoven’s sixteen seminal contributions to the string quartet form, plus the Grosse Fuge.

Monday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 3 String Quartet, I & IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60456
7:56, 5:51
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 1 String Quartet, I & II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:31, 8:44
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 2 String Quartet, I, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 62781
7:54, 4:26, 5:13
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Tuesday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 4 String Quartet, IV
Tokyo String Quartet
RCA 61621
4:18
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 5 String Quartet, III & IV
Talich Quartet
Calliope 3633/9
9:00, 5:10
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 6 String Quartet, III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
2:58, 8:15
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 1 String Quartet, I
Julliard Quartet
Sony 87889
10:37

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60457
5:25
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Wednesday

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2 String Quartet, III & IV
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
7:26, 5:18
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:49
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Beethoven: Op. 74 String Quartet, I
Takács Quartet
Decca 470847
9:36
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Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
19:30
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Thursday

Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
2:05
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Beethoven: Op. 127 String Quartet, I
Guarneri String Quartet
RCA 60458
7:11
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Beethoven: Op. 130 String Quartet, IV + Grosse Fuga
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
7:12 + :20
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Beethoven: Op. 131 String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
35:43
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Friday

Beethoven: Op. 130 (excerpt) Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
3:48, 14:41
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Beethoven: Op. 132 String Quartet, II
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
16:08
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Beethoven: Op. 135 String Quartet, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 76824
8:50, 5:44
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