The precise playing is often aggressive, with an extremely wide dynamic range to the performance and recording. As a previous reviewer indicated, the packaging leaves much to be desired. 2011/2012, The Britten Studio, Snape, Suffolk, United Kingdom. You certainly feel close to the players – who, by the way, make no extraneous noises. From the wild ride of Anna Clyne's Stride to a bristling Grosse Fuge, the ACO reminds us of what we've been missing with the concert halls closed. Packaged in a pasteboard box with sticky flap paper envelops that are annoying to deal with. 95 Quartet, the ‘Serioso’, and never more serious than here. The only clue as to what's on each CD is a number: one must refer to the booklet - the only reference to program. So passionate , so musical, without loosing control. Ambitiously, the Belcea Quartet have recorded the complete 16 String Quartets of Beethoven, issued in two boxes, of which this is the first. The last 4 in particular are gems. 127 and 130). Also, the sound is a bit too distant. Not so here! Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro, 1. You can imagine them recording these works again in ten years’ time. It doesn't hurt that Corina Belcea herself is lovely to watch and brilliant musically at the same time nor that the whole quartet is clearly engaged at every level. 131), much in the air these days from its use in Yaron Zilberman’s film “A Late Quartet.”. An excellent traversal of the Beethoven Quartets by the Belcea Quartet. Superbly played, excellent sound and production values, and a beautiful first violinist, a pleasure to watch in the execution of great music. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. Strong Candidate for the best recording of all the Beethoven Quartets, Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019. Vibrato abounds; swelling; point making and lily gilding; exaggerations. I am also pleased with their Bartok set. Having developed a wide-ranging repertory over the years, the Belcea Quartet has been concentrating for the last year and a half almost exclusively on Beethoven. Well worth the price, Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015, excellent production and outstanding performance. Neglected gems get a polish from a master and his apprentice. A number of organisations provide support for musicians, artists and arts workers. Belcea Quartet rec. The Belceas are fairly brisk (not as fast as the Hungarian Qt from the 50s, probably my favorite set of all), with a tad more rubato than I prefer (though not a lot of rubato at all--I just tend to like it kept with a strict tempo), but they are an extremely tight ensemble and the recording is excellent, so I find myself liking what I am hearing, quite a lot actually. Classical music news; opera, concert & CD reviews, concert previews, live performance & feature articles by London-based composer Robert Hugill Extraordinary CD value: I paid less than $40.00 for sublime Beethoven. I'm also quite fond of the Tokyo String Quartet, but don't have their recordings of the "late" quartets - would be very interested to hear others' thoughts. So not a "desert-island" recording but a good one for youthful, aggressive playing in excellent sound. Though the group's way with it made Beethoven's humour a little scary. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2014. REVIEW: Plain text for smartphones & printers: Support us financially by purchasing this from. Read … I wish a more authentic, historically correct group had beat them to this project. There's a problem loading this menu right now. The sound of the quartet is also notably leaner than in their recordings of Schubert - they do not produce an "orchestral" sound like the Alban Berg Quartet. Save 50% on a digital subscription and get full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines. It’s the music that counts. Already have an account with us? Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2014. That may be why the cellist just doesn't cut through like he should - his input is a tad wishy-washy - or maybe he just lets the violinists dominate. Meanwhile, its bittersweet contrasting passages seem less like the last will and testament of a tortured genius and more like Mendelssohn’s elfin scherzos tossed off with abandon. It recorded all 16 of his string quartets for release beginning this fall (on Zig-Zag Territoires) and is performing complete cycles of them throughout Europe. Kudos to Zig-Zag Territories for offering this set at a competitive price, although I think the sticky envelopes and questionable booklet art are both problematic. Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Recently purchased this set. The Tetlaffs deliver cool but searching late Beethoven. To dismember the Grosse Fuge from the quartet to which it belongs, sandwiched between an Op 18 and a Rasumovsky quartet is not just lunacy, but shows complete disrespect for both the composer and the listener. This page works best with JavaScript. This box set, covering eight of Beethoven's 16 string quartets, might be called extreme Beethoven, and the beauty of extreme playing is that if the group has the technical chops to hold it together, it can be very exciting indeed. performers play the Op 18 set like they're playing Brahms or Tchaikovsky: way too much romanticism. You can unsubscribe at any time. This page works best with JavaScript. Brilliant, blazing Beethoven from Hough and Lintu’s finessed Finns. During these challenging times for the arts industry, many have set up services to deal specifically with the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the arts community. The quartet's sound quality is focussed on Corina Belcea's sweet but incisive tones. Paul Lewis dusts off Beethoven's Bagatelles to reveal glistening gems. In short, the Belcea set is a standout. 18 works their full weight: they play wonderfully, but not, perhaps, with the intensity throughout that they are capable of. 127 strikes me as less successful compared with some of its great past recordings. Many hands make Beethoven light (sometimes heavy) work. 18 quartets have an obstreperous quality, especially in the scherzos and minuets, that seems to fit very well with what is known of the young Beethoven's personality. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. It's quite a disappointment though. Sydney, NSW, 2000. Trevino reveals himself as a lean, lithe, fresh-sounding Beethovenian. Unit 11, Level 1 Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Very good sound and deep searching interpretations. This box set, covering eight of Beethoven's 16 string quartets, might be called extreme Beethoven, and the beauty of extreme playing is that if the group has the technical chops to hold it together, it can be very exciting indeed. 127, 130, 131, 132 and 135) along with two works from Beethoven’s middle period, the “Harp” Quartet (Op. Get the latest round-up of arts, culture, news and reviews delivered to your inbox every Saturday. The second half of the Belcea Quartet’s Beethoven cycle, again mixing-and-matching quartets from all three periods, is a culmination of the modern era’s tendency to turn Beethoven from the voice of God into a highly-strung mortal, whose music is as skittish as a like-whatever teenager texting. If they would just play what Beethoven wrote - with the accuracy they're obviously capable of, the great art that is Beethoven's string quartet writing will shine through. Seasickness inducing rubato. The cancellation of the first concert erased three quartets (Opp. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile, 4. Sadly, this is what happens here with the whole cast. I am looking forward to listening to the whole set, and I think I may buy the Blu Ray video of these performances when it is released. Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2016. This is the best set for Beethoven's complete string quartets among recent recordings. A monumental and memorable musical climax, in defiance of the seven long months of silence. Enter to win tickets to the latest productions around Australia and films on the big screen. As a result of street closures Carnegie had to cancel or postpone some two dozen events, one of the last being the first Belcea concert, on Tuesday. They maintain the same performance style here: Very clean articulation, an ability to dig deep into individual phrases with great passion, but without loosing the overall line of the movement.In particular i would like to single out Ms. Belcea for outstanding first violin work.