Disappointing master pieces?

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59 et al

it took me a while as listener to penetrate the first half of #7. Since I saw #9 performed live first, in a free college concert led by a Harvard pre-med student, the impression of #9 was such that I didn't grasp how some claims #7 as the greatest of the Op 59's. Now I can sense that #7 is like the "Eroica" of string quartets, but, to me actually, a much more interesting work than the Symphony.

I just read on the other relevant website that #8's theme-russe might had been a parody of sorts; this finding actually increased the value of the passage for me, by a small margin.

The first movement of #10 is perhaps the epitome of effectiveness, while the last work of the Middles is the short one, like the last of the Lates. The final moments of #11 have always been captivating.

The other two.

While I do not wish to prolong this sub-topic on Beethoven's Middle String Quartets by Beethoven in this thread, since you brought up the other two works of this period, I would add my perception:

- No.10 is the most entertaining one (even by the title), particularly with the inventivenss and drive (inevitably effective as well) of the First movement.

- No11, in f minor, is a superb achievement of Beethoven in this medium, eventually working in a concise form, but full of creativity, power of expression, enough passion (the minor mode helps effectively) and quite idiomatic and demanding writing for the four instruments. It could be easily ranked among the Late ones. No wonder that he has been arranged for String Orchestra by Mahler and others.

Finally, I do not believe anyone of the Middle ones can be identified as "the greatest". Each one is great for something unique it can offer.

Parla

 

 

Miroirs?
parla wrote:

While I do not wish to prolong this sub-topic on Beethoven's Middle String Quartets by Beethoven in this thread, since you brought up the other [work] of this period, I would add my perception:

parla wrote:

no problem. No more [here], if that pleases you

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