6 November 2020

Ludwig Quatuor Zaïde, Bruno Delepelaire


The Quatuor Zaïde chose to approach this new album by playing with the forces that run through Beethoven’s work. It seemed to them that Greek mythology, the very foundation of our collective imagination, was one expression of these forces. 
The power of Prometheus – the “Fire-Bringer” who gave this constructive and destructive force to humanity – underpins all of the composer's work. Apollo – the god of light, purification and harmony – brightens the Op. 18 no. 3. As for the Violin and Piano Sonata No. 9, also known as the Kreutzer Sonata, it draws its energy in the outrageousness of Dionysus, the god of madness and wine.
The Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3, (Beethoven's first quartet) represents the Apollonian side: the work is suffused with an aerial softness, a constant luminosity and an infinite tenderness.
The “Kreutzer Sonata”, which is the ninth piece in the cycle of ten violin and piano sonatas that Beethoven published in 1805, is one of the composer’s best-known works. Four years after his death, an arrangement of this sonata for a Quintet with two cellos – an uncommon arrangement for the time, the origin of which remains unknown – was published in Vienna. The two cellos allow a soundscape almost unprecedented in chamber music, increasing the depth and power of the bass register tenfold. If the original score is virtuosic – its dedicatee even qualified it as ‘unintelligible' – the transcription is just as thorny: the voices are distributed amongst the chords with impressive minutiae. The rhythmic and thematic elements fuse with one another, passing from one instrument to the next almost imperceptibly. The role of each instrument is constantly redefined, and the original violin part is broken up between the five protagonists.


  • 1 Kreutzer Sonata (arr.) - I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto 13:35
  • 2 Kreutzer Sonata (arr.) - II. Andante con variazioni 14:38
  • 3 Kreutzer Sonata (arr.) - III. Presto 08:28
  • 4 Quartet No. 3 Op. 18 - I. Allegro 07:25
  • 5 Quartet No. 3 Op. 18 - II. Andante con moto 06:57
  • 6 Quartet No. 3 Op. 18 - III. Allegro 02:45
  • 7 Quartet No. 3 Op. 18 - IV. Presto 06:14


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