- String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18/6
- String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
- Fugue for string quartet in B flat major ("Grosse Fuge"), Op. 133
- Untitled CD-ROM Track
This fourth release in the Artemis Quartet's complete Beethoven cycle comes as the Berlin-based ensemble devotes its international performing schedule to this cornerstone of the repertoire. This release brings the completion of their Beethoven marathon.
Eckart Runge, cellist of the Artemis Quartet, expresses the player's views on the composer's quartets: "In relation to the time in which he lived, Beethoven is the most modern, provocative, experimental, and boldest composer of all. Many have used the string quartet to experiment and to develop their mode of composition...but none of them was more extreme than Beethoven. Even today, the Grosse Fuge remains one of the most incredible and most modern pieces of music ever written... No matter how complicated the form, one can always find essential human emotion in Beethoven, whether it is hopeful longing, apprehension, exuberant joy, or shy affection."
The Artemis's debut release on Virgin Classics in 2005 comprised Beethoven's Op. 59/1 and Op. 95, while the second release brought together Op. 59/2, the "Razumovsky" Quartet, and the Quartet Op. 18/4. In the UK, the Sunday Times praised the "fresh, positive responses" of the Artemis Quartet, saying: "Their colors are vivid and they are alert to the music's intent to push all sorts of boundaries to breaking point." From the Label
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quality Recording, excellent liner notes. Op. 133 is a very un-Beethoven sounding composition. The liner notes have insightfull commentary on its history.