New Focus Recordings FCR-147
Beethoven: String Quartet No 1 in F major, Op 18 No 1 (transcribed by Hugo Ulrich & Robert Wittmann): I, Allegro con brio (9:47)
Stephanie Ho & Saar Ahuvia, piano
‘Beethoven Dialogues’ contains three transcriptions of Beethoven’s Op 18 string quartets for piano four-hands. It’s fascinating to hear this material lifted out of its original context and instrumentation and placed onto a keyboard, and reveals much about the core strength and malleability of Beethoven’s writing. With the growth of the keyboard in the 19th century, transcriptions of prominent works became a popular way for music lovers to get to know the repertoire in the event they were not able to hear performances in their original instrumentations.