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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets / Belcea Quartet


Release Date: 09/06/2019 
Label:  Alpha Classics   Catalog #: ALPHA469  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Number of Discs: 8 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alpha is reissuing the complete Beethoven quartets by the Belcea Quartet : 'Beethoven's music has been at the center of our life as a quartet from our very first rehearsal together back in 1994. However, it is more recently that we immersed ourselves totally in Beethoven in preparation for, and during the course of the immense project of performing and recording all of his string quartets in the season 2011/12. It is during this past year that Beethoven's music became an all-consuming passion for each of us. These sixteen quartets written some two hundred years ago form one the most complete and powerful musical statements ever made. The completeness lies in their unprecedented intensity and in the astonishing development that can be traced Read more between the early and the late works - a thirty-year long revolution which altered forever the way we experience music.'

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REVIEW:

The Belceas invite us to make the most of our unavoidable sense that these quartets are the work of one person; yet can move us, inspire us and amaze us in very special ways. Interpretations of conviction, this is a cycle that demands our attention and deserves it.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 no 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in E flat major, Op. 127 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1823-1825; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 18 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Germany 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1826 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 18 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800; Austria 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in D major, Op. 18 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1798/1800 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in A major, Op. 18 no 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798/1800 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F major, Op. 59 no 1 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1805-6 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no 2 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Written: 1826 

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