(featuring the Barylli Quartet : Walter Barylli - violin I ; Otto Strasser - violin II ; Rudolph Streng - viola ; and, Richard Krotschak - cello. This rare recordings were made in 1952 by the Barylli Quartet - interesting to hear the Barylli Quartet's renditions of these often-staged Beethoven pieces. A collectable, "Westminster"-label release)
Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) String Quartets are usually considered the most significant in this medium ; out-ranking, in importance, those by all other composers.
The first six quartets, comprising Opus 18, were written in 1800 ; No.5 in A major, on this recording, has a freshness of thought and a breadth of spirit ...
String Quartet No.5 in A major Op.18/5, by Beethoven :-
1) I Allegro 2) II Menuetto 3) III Andante Cantabile 4) IV Allegro.
The later Quartet, No.11 in F minor Opus 95, is the only one to which the composer himself assigned a title - 'Quartetto Serioso' -, and, is an intense work on the cusp between Beethoven's Middle and Late periods.
String Quartet No.11 in F minor Op.95, by Beethoven :-
1) I Allegro con brio 2) II Allegretto Ma Non Troppo 3) III Allegro Assai Vivace Ma Serioso 4) IV Larghetto - Allegretto Agitata.
(further, English-language notes by Irving Kolodin, on Reverse Sleeve (sample Photo Four))
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) VG/G+.