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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 Op. 18 No. 3, the intimate ‘Serioso’ Quartet and finally the String Quartet in B flat Op. 130.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F Minor, Op. 95 "Quartetto serioso"
I. Allegro con brio
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso. Più Allegro
IV. Larghetto espressivo. Allegretto agitato. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B-Flat Major, Op. 130
I. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Andante con moto ma non troppo
IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
VI. Finale. Allegro
“Right from its Adagio opening, the first movement [of Op. 130] urges forwards...This is characterful, well-paced playing, the Trio to the Presto second movement gutsy and rasping; and note how beautiful the preparatory phrases for the Andante sound.”
1st December 2016
“I enjoyed the personality and elan tremendously. Given the technical composure and focus of the playing it’s doubly impressive that this was recorded live.”
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