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Beethoven: Septett Op. 20; Sextett Op. 71 ()

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composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

For few other works of Beethoven did the 19th and 20th centuries deliver such divergent evaluations as for the Septet, Op. 20, which was widely imitated almost as soon as Beethoven published it in 1800 and remained hugely popular for decades. It's easy to see why it fell out of favor: it's one of Beethoven's few backward-looking works, and even in its somewhat serious Adagio cantabile it's not very "Beethovenian." But it's worth trying to understand what audiences of Beethoven's time heard in the work, and this fine ...

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Beethoven: Septett Op. 20; Sextett Op. 71
2011, Tudor Records

UPC: 812973011460

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