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May 2012

Title: The Late String Quartets
Label: Cypress Performing Arts Association
Composer: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Performer: Cypress String Quartet
UPC: 666449766121
Cat.#: CSQBC012-2
Period: Romantic
Genre: Classical
Release type: New (3-discs)

Comments: You can no more expect a quartet of talented and ambitious young string players to resist the temptation of Beethoven's late quartets than a politician to turn down a speaking invitation. And why should they, really, especially when they play with the kind of energy, warmth, and insight that the Cypress Quartet brings to this repertoire?

This group is more successful than many at simultaneously expressing the rich emotion and exposing with clarity and grace the fascinating structural complexities of these masterworks, and the recording is a pure pleasure. (RA)