Presented by Petroc Trelawny
When the Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme began twelve years ago, the Belcea Quartet was among the first to be signed up. Since then the group has become one of the leading quartets of its generation and in huge demand. In this recital, recorded earlier this month at London's Wigmore Hall, the programme consists of three highly contrasted quartets by Beethoven. The concert begins with one of the set of six with which the young Beethoven showed the world what he was made of. The F Minor Quartet Op.95 is short but power-packed and the E Flat Quartet Op.127 is among the late, enigmatic masterpieces that continue to challenge both players and listeners.
Beethoven: String Quartet in B Flat Major Op.18 No.6
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor Op.95 'Serioso'
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Flat Major Op.127
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