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.