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Caitlin Price
Beethoven String Quartets. Op. 74 and 95
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Released: January 1, 2009
Catalog Num: HMU807460

The Tokyo String Quartet continues its complete Beethoven cycle with this third volume, already designated one of Billboard's Top 20 Classical Albums. Both the graceful op. 74 (nicknamed 'Harp" for its use of pizzicato) and op. 95, with its quest for the essential, testify to the new maturity achieved by the composer around 1810.

Acclaim for the new release:

"Although perfection is usually unattainable, I can't recall any performances of these works that are so suggestive of the word...The execution is virtuosic..."

- Mortimer H. Frank, International Record Review

"one of the most illuminating I've heard… the Tokyo produces a clean, incisive sound that clarifies the part-writing… a sharply etched, white diamond-like quality… a lofty serenity that moved me deeply."

- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

“consummate beauty of thought and expression... here is force without and excessive edge... Listeners are sure to respond to this artistry...”

- Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone
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