Beethoven: Complete String Quartets
The string quartet is often seen as the vehicle for the blossoming of a certain idea of pure music, born during the early years of German romanticism.
Beethoven's 16 string quartets, composed between 1798 and 1826, stand today as a cornerstone of the chamber music repertoire. The first six quartets, created early in the composer's life, clearly show the influence of Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. Beethoven continued to expand upon the string quartet form throughout his lifetime as his compositional style evolved. His last five quartets, including the Grosse Fuge, were the final works that he completed and among the most complex and forward-looking that he ever composed. They continue to inspire and influence composers to this day.
The Endellion String Quartet
Andrew Watkinson, violin
Ralph de Souza, violin
Garfield Jackson, viola
David Waterman, cello
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