Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets Vol.3 | Wigmore Hall Live WHLIVE00862

Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets Vol.3


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Label: Wigmore Hall Live

Cat No: WHLIVE00862

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th December 2016



Over two seasons the Elias String Quartet undertook the mammoth task of performing the complete Beethoven String Quartets at Wigmore Hall. The ensemble’s commitment, meticulous attention to detail and profound love for the music has earned the quartet praise from critics and audiences alike. We are proud to present the third volume of this exploration of Beethoven’s masterworks. Recorded live in concert, the CD explores Beethoven’s sunny String Quartet in D major, op.18 no.3, the intimate ‘Serioso’ Quartet, op.95, and finally the String Quartet in B flat major, op.130.

Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on 9 October 2014


These are in many respects remarkable performances but how do they stack up against the competition? The Belcea Quartet ... match the Elias for intelligence but are less conspicuous on the portamento front, in case that concerns you, while the Takács ... falls somewhere between the two. But what’s for sure is that all three ensembles convey the essence of these timeless masterpieces.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone March 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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