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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Beethoven's best string quartet?

The Orion String Quartet

As Eric Wagner's discussion group The Beethoven Quartets by Joseph Kerman continues, tomorrow's post is devoted to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge and the first movement of Opus 131. There's further focus on Opus 131 in a couple of weeks.

If tackling Kerman and all of the quartets was a bit much for you, this might be a good time to tune in.

The String Quartet in C Minor Opus 131 was Beethoven's favorite of the late quartets; as Eric points out, Kerman says Opus 131 is Beethoven's greatest string quartet. I rather like it, too, and as Eric mentioned recently, RAW often brought up Beethoven's late quartets.

You can listen to (and download) a live performance from the Gardner Museum by the Orion String Quartet.  There is also the Alban Berg Quartet on YouTube.

Note also that the Free Music Archive has lots of Beethoven and other music and is closing soon. If you want to check it out, better hurry.


Joshua Hallenbeck said...

The Alban Berg Quartet has been my go to for all of the Quartets thus far. Looking forward to this weeks chapter/quartets. It’s understandable if this has seemed like a little much for some folks. I for one consider myself a musician and still feel it has been a bit challenging. Thats ok though. I’m learnig a lot. Thanks for doing this Eric and Tom and everyone contributing in the comments as well.

Eric Wagner said...

Thanks to everyone who has participated and to any lurkers. (Lurkers always make me think of Lovecraft.)