Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets Volume 3

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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets Volume 3


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2017

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Release date:

16th Dec 2016




95 minutes


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Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets Volume 3

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


String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

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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

I. Allegro

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro

IV. Presto

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

II. Presto

III. Andante con moto ma non troppo

IV. Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai

V. Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo

VI. Finale. Allegro

The Guardian

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.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2017

“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.”

The Strad

April 2017

“There is an awesome clarity and accuracy to the playing: the sound is warm, the music breathes, and phrases sound as if they are being shaped naturally and spontaneously.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017


“Op. 95, the Serioso, gets a blistering performance from the hyper-intense Elias Quartet, sweeping you off your feet with their playing of the opening, and never letting up…the reading of [Op. 130] is deeply considered, insisting that the listener make his contribution to the experience…the whole experience is unforgettable”

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