Can the sum be more than its parts? The Belcea Quartet personifies this idea.
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)
Beethoven: Quartet No. 16, Op. 135, Movement III
Program Book [PDF]
Belcea Quartet Website
Established at Royal College of Music in 1994, the Belcea Quartet boasts an impressive discography, and their most recent release was nominated for a Gramophone Award, an award that they won in 2001 for Best Debut Recording. They were named the Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year in Germany at the 2008 Echo Klassik Awards, the German equivalent of the Grammys.
The Quartet has performed under UMS auspices twice, most recently as part of the 2009-2010 season.