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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Op. 18/4; Op. 74 'Harp'; Opp. 130 & 133 / Elias String Quartet

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 20 February 2014

At the heart of Beethoven's life's statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven's string quartets at venues throughout the UK.

In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works. With an ever-expanding recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim, the quartet is delighted to release this disc, the first volume of its complete Beethoven cycle to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the coming Seasons.

Classical Music, March 2015
Rhythmically alive and emotionally responsive... this seems the most auspicious start to a Beethoven cycle.

MusicWeb International, April 2015
The young Elias Quartet, former BBC New Generation artists, offer a splendid introduction to the three periods into which Beethoven's string quartets are usually divided in a well-recorded live concert from the Wigmore Hall. I'm already looking forward to the next instalment.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The Elias Quartet's approach to Beethoven is the opposite of the Cremona's. They are too romantic. I'd like to hear this group play something else, because they are creative and technically skilled and have a rich sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (02/20/2014).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
  • Ensemble: Elias String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1798-1800.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798-1800
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp"
  • Running Time: 33 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
  • Running Time: 36 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825-1826
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Grosse Fuge for String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133
  • Running Time: 17 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1825
  • Studio/Live: Live