Belcea Quartet 'Beethoven Cycle'
In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, Duke Performances, for the first time, in collaboration with the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, proudly offers six concerts of the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets.
"There is no end to exploration of Beethoven's riches; and yet what is most compelling is that his music speaks so directly to us as human beings." As a preamble to its recording of Beethoven's complete string quartets (2012), the Belcea Quartet articulates this artistic vision of expedition and self-discovery, a vision abundantly clear in its recordings and performances. A longtime audience favorite here, the Belcea undertakes to give us one half of Beethoven's output in this genre over the course of three concerts in one weekend. (The second three concerts will be offered by Quatuor Ébène in April.)
These concerts feature the brisk classicism of the early quartets, the engaging maturity of the middle quartets, and the glory of the late works that surpasses all understanding.