BEETHOVEN: String Quartets, Op. 18: No. 1 in F major & No. 4 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). For violin. Instrumental Solo Part and CD. Published by Music Minus One (MO.MMOCD3158).
In 1798, Beethoven commenced the writing of the biggest project in his first decade in Vienna, a set of six String Quartets which would become his opus 18. The F major, though listed as No. 1, was the second composed. It is an impressive piece, and its beautiful D-minor adagio was inspired by the burial-vault scene in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' The Fourth Quartet, in C minor, is a fascinating piece which incorporates a gypsy theme into its final movement. Beautiful writing from the latter part of Beethoven's 'early' period.
Includes a complete, high-quality printed solo part; and a compact disc containing stereo accompaniments minus you, the first violinist.