The String Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven are considered to be the greatest and most powerful testaments to the chamber music genre.
The Alban Berg Quartett had already made studio recordings of all the Beethoven quartets for EMI Classics when the players thought they should risk remaking the cycle live for both audio and video.
Recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, these 1989 readings represent the quartet at their best; they are more intense and spontaneous than the studio efforts, and convey the atmosphere of their concerts.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0, LPCM 2.0. Booklet: Electronic PDF booklet in English, French, German, Spanish. Format: All discs are DVD9.
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String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2 String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso' String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132