String Quartet no. 8 in Em, Op. 59 no. 2

Beethoven's String Quartet no. 8, was the second of three of his "Razumovsky" cycle of string quartets, and a product of his "middle" period. He published it in 1808. The third movement uses a Russian theme also used by Mussorgsky in Boris Godunov and by Rachmaninoff in his 6 Morceaux, Op. 11. The original song, Glory to the Sun, was published in 1790. Beethoven, however, used it in an ungentle way. According to Kerman, "It sounds as though Count Razumovsky had been tactless enough to hand Beethoven the tune, and Beethoven ... more

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RecordingBeethoven - Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2 - I. Allegro
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RecordingBeethoven - Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2 - II. Molto adagio
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RecordingBeethoven - Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2 - III. Allegratto
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RecordingBeethoven - Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2 - IV. Presto
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RecordingBeethoven - Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59, No.2 - Complete Performance
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