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Donald Macleod considers Beethoven's final two years, which saw the creation of his late string quartets - the crowning achievements of the composer's life.

The programme includes the last movement of Beethoven's last quartet, along with the canon that inspired it. And there is a complete performance of the Quartet in E flat, in a celebrated showcase by the Guarneri Quartet.

Da ist das Werk, WoO 197 (1826)
Members of the Kammerchor der Berliner Singakademie
Deutsche Gramophon 453 794-2
CD 2 Track 64

Es muss sein, WoO 196 (1826)
Members of the Kammerchor der Berliner Singakademie
Deutsche Gramophon 453 794-2
CD 2 Track 64

String Quartet No 16 in F, Op 135 - 1826 (finale)
Takacs Quartet
Decca 470 849-2
CD 2 Track 9

Ecossaise in E flat, WoO 86; Allegretto quasi andante in G minor, WoO 61a; Waltz in D, WoO 85
Gianluca Cascioli (piano)
Deutsche Gramophon 453 733-2
CD2 Tracks 24, 19, 23

String Quartet No 12 in E flat, Op 127 (1825)
Guarneri Quartet
CD 2 Tracks 8-10
CD 3 Track 1.

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Fri 13 Feb 2009 22:00

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