Editors’ Notes Recorded live in concerts on six continents, Quatuor Ébène’s performances of Beethoven’s complete string quartets fairly crackle with excitement and intensity. Whether recorded in famous shrines to classical music, such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus or Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, or slightly off the beaten track in Nairobi’s Alliance Française institution, there’s a unanimity of approach and style that makes this a considerable achievement. This is Beethoven-playing of wonderful freshness, unconcerned with fitting into some kind of tradition, and it makes for a series of encounters that emphasize the timeless originality of this extraordinary music.

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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: I. Allegro con brio
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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
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String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18 No. 1: IV. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: II. Allegro molto vivace
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: III. Allegro moderato - Adagio
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Allegretto
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: V. Presto
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
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String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VII. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1, "Razumovsky"
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1, "Razumovsky": I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1, "Razumovsky": II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1, "Razumovsky": III. Adagio molto e mesto
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String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59 No. 1, "Razumovsky": IV. Allegro (Russian Theme)
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String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky"
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky": I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky": II. Molto adagio
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String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky": III. Allegretto
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String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky": IV. Finale - Presto
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String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, "Razumovsky"
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, "Razumovsky": I. Introduzione (Andante con moto - Allegro vivace)
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String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, "Razumovsky": II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
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String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, "Razumovsky": III. Minuet. Grazioso - Trio
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String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, "Razumovsky": IV. Allegro molto
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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: II. Presto
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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: III. Andante con moto, ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: IV. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)
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String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo)
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Grosse fuge in B-Flat Major, Op. 133
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String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6
String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: I. Allegro con brio
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String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: II. Adagio ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
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String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6: IV. La Malinconia
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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: I. Maestoso - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: II. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: III. Scherzando vivace
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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: IV. Finale (Allegro)
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String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: II. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I
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String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: III. Scherzo (Allegro)
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String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2: IV. Allegro molto, quasi presto
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String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Quartetto serioso"
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Quartetto serioso": I. Allegro con brio
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String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Quartetto serioso": II. Allegretto ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Quartetto serioso": III. Allegro assai vivace, ma serioso
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String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, "Quartetto serioso": IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp"
String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp": I. Poco adagio - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp": II. Adagio ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp": III. Presto
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String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp": IV. Allegretto con variazioni
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String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4
String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: I. Allegro ma non tanto
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String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: II. Scherzo (Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto)
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String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
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String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4: IV. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: II. Menuetto
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String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: III. Andante cantabile
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String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18 No. 5: IV. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: I. Allegretto
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String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: II. Vivace
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String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, cantate et tranquillo
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String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: IV. Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: I. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: II. Andante con moto
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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: III. Allegro
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String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: IV. Presto
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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: II. Allegro ma non tanto
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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: III. Molto adagio
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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace
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String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: V. Finale (Allegro appassionato)
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