LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet - String Quartet in F, Hess 32 (first version of String Quartet No. 1, Op. 18/1), Adagio espressivo (early version) from String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, Preludes and Fugues in F, Hess 30 and in C, Hess 31, Allegretto in B Minor, WoO 210, Fugue in D Minor (fragment), Hess 245, Menuett in A Flat, WoO 209, Grosse Fuge in B Flat, Op. 133, GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759): Overture: Fugue from Part I of Solomon, HWV 67 (arr. Beethoven).
Catalogue Number: 02V030
Description: Intriguing rarities. Alongside the wild and monumental Grosse Fuge, this recording further displays Beethoven’s mastery of counterpoint by bringing to light brilliant yet forgotten original versions of his quartets Op. 18, No. 1 and Op. 131, plus six virtually unknown miniatures, including his Preludes and Fugues. Fine Arts Quartet.