Beethoven - String Quartets Op.18 | Harmonia Mundi HMC90220708

Beethoven - String Quartets Op.18


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC90220708

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th August 2015



"Only now have I learnt how to write quartets properly" - so wrote Beethoven in 1801, having just finished his first set of string quartets at the surprisingly advanced age of 30: the competition of Haydn and Mozart must have been intimidating for the young composer. But these six Quartets Op.18, which cost him great effort and extensive revision, already display much boldness and originality, from the dramatic echoes of 'Romeo and Juliet' in No.1 to the astonishing programmatic finale of No.6, ‘La Malinconia’.

The Jerusalem Quartet was founded in 1993, and began its training in Jerusalem, under the direction of the violinist Avi Abramovitch. From 1999 to 2001 the quartet received support from the BBC (as BBC New Generation Artists), then in 2003 it was the recipient of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

The Jerusalem Quartet is now a regular guest in the world’s leading concert halls, notably in the United States where it is increasingly present. It performs with such artists as Alexander Melnikov, Lawrence Power, and Sharon Kam. The Jerusalem Quartet record exclusively for Harmonia Mundi and their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes.

The Quartet is very grateful to Daniel Barenboim who generously loans Jacqueline du Pré's ‘Sergio Perresson’ cello to Kyril Zlotnikov.

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