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13 December 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Beethoven Quartets  
Sorry I haven't posted! Just went through the biggest ice storm in Massachusetts history! We didn't have power and comcast broke down along with an at&t tower, and it was rediculouse. The ice on the trees was pretty though, even though most of them fell over, which depresses me. Anyways, the school was evacuated so I'm back home, and have internet again!

Ludwig van Beethoven-
Quartet No. 15 Op. 132
Quartet No. 16 Op. 135
Quartet No. 13 Op. 130
Grosse Fugue in B flat

Emerson Quartet

Review of Pieces-
Well, no words can really do these pieces justice. They transcend a century. Beethoven truly is one of the greatest musical masterminds. As the guitarist in my band says "Beethoven was the first headbanger".

Review of Artists-
I'm short for words today cause I'm still a little bit mentally depleated due to the crazy events of the past few days. All I can say is I'll stick to my belief that Emerson always does it best. Damn do I hope I can see them in concert some day!

Current Location: Newton
jra_calif on December 15th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh those late quartets.......
I always appreciate your posts, as well as the fact that I can appreciate how there are those times when simply cannot get to a computer for awhile. But anyhow......oh yes, Beethoven's Last Quartets are out of this word, and in more ways than one. I remember when I first heard the adagio from the A minor quartet with the title of it being something about being grateful immediately after coming through a rather lengthy illness. But this was back in the '70's when vinyl was in abundance, namely in libraries and it was on the old Vanguard label, but what I am trying to get at is this particular passage in the piece where the cello part is heard distinctly, but I swear that I was hearing a harmonica in there somewhere, which can only be a testament to the instrument and the artist. But a depth in the music that only someone like Beethoven could know. Maybe I will get this album, either on Apple's ITunes, or Amazon, or maybe in an actual record store. And to think that we still have them around.
iamshine on January 6th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Aaah, last complete work from Beethoven. These were the culmination of Beethoven's creativity. It is extremely difficult to compose string quartets that show depth and complexity, but the Maestro did it! Took me a while to digest upon first hearing.