Belcea Quartet

Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:00PM
Rackham Auditorium

Belcea Quartet
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Established at Royal College of Music in 1994, the Belcea Quartet boasts an impressive discography; their most recent release was nominated for a Gramophone Award, which they also won in 2001 for Best Debut Recording. The Belcea has just embarked on an ambitious survey of the complete string quartets by Beethoven, with cycles planned in the UK, US, Austria, Sweden, and Germany. The cellist of the Belcea says, “There is no end to exploration of Beethoven’s riches for us as performers and yet what is most compelling for us is that his music speaks so directly to us as human beings. What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits and to learn the truth about himself in this process. Beethoven inspires us as performers to take up this challenge. He also accompanies us in our own quest through our lives.”

Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127 (1825)
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (1825)