Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven was a supremely well-informed virtuoso of the piano. In his Quintet in E-Flat, Opus 16, the hallmarks of his best work are present in abundance: lyricism, good tunes beautifully ornamented and varied, mastery of form, consummate use of dynamics and a panoply of rewarding music for each instrumentalist. With the Septet in E-Flat, Beethoven abandons the march. Otherwise the movements are the same six perfected by Mozart. Beethoven's success in winning his patron's affection with this piece was so great that the work eclipsed everything else he wrote through the end of his lifetime, a source of much regret for the composer. The popular appeal and musical mastery of Beethoven's work are finely captured in these recordings. Artists: Meg Bachman Vas, piano Matthew Dine, oboe David Krakauer, clarinet A. Robert Johnson, horn Jeffrey Marchand, bassoon Todd Phillips, violin Ah Ling Neu, viola Melissa Meell, 'cello Gail Kruvand, contrabass Track List: Quintet in E-flat, Opus 16 1. Grave; Allegro ma non troppo 2. Andante Cantabile 3. Rondo Allegro ma non troppo Septet in E-flat, Opus 20 4. Adagio; Allegro con brio 5. Adagio Cantabile 6. Tempo di Minuetto 7. Tema con Variazioni: Andante 8. Scherzo: Allegro molto e Vivace 9. Andante con moto alla Marcia; Presto Total playing time 68:04 New York Philomusica Records NYPm30004 Manufactured by: New York Philomusica Records, 105 West 73rd Street New York, NY 10023 A. Robert Johnson, Executive Producer An Elite Recordings NYC Production: producing - engineering Marc Aubort, Joanna Nickrenz Cover Design: Morton Millen Piano Technician: Alexander Ostrovsky.