Editors’ Notes Danish String Quartet present the first of their Prism recordings, demonstrating the influence of J.S. Bach through Beethoven and beyond—his music developed, transformed, and scattered into colors as if through a prism. The Quartet begin their voyage with Mozart’s arrangement of a Bach fugue before diving headlong into Shostakovich’s 1974 String Quartet No. 15—a bleak, often dissonant meditation on mortality that draws on Bachian fugue and counterpoint. And in his remarkable 1825 Op. 127 String Quartet, performed here with a beautifully judged sense of narrative, Beethoven holds Bach in the palm of his hand as the music meanders and unfolds toward its radiant final bars.

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The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 2, BWV 870-893: Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 876
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144
String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: I. Elegy. Adagio
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: II. Serenade. Adagio
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: III. Intermezzo. Adagio
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: IV. Nocturne. Adagio
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: V. Funeral March. Adagio molto
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String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 144: VI. Epilogue. Adagio
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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. Scherzo. Vivace
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String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: IV. Finale
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