England's acclaimed Endellion String Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle. This rare New York appearance will be accompanied by talks and lectures about Beethoven and his impact on the death of Classicism. According to BBC Music Magazine, "there's irresistible joie de vivre… The ensemble conveys the kind of spontaneous enjoyment that only comes from the best chamber music playing."
This ensemble, in residence at Cambridge University, has had the same personnel for the past twenty-five years: Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza, violins; Garfield Jackson, viola; and David Waterman, cello. The quartet reached its thirtieth anniversary in 2009, and to mark the occasion released a boxed set of the complete Beethoven string quartets on Warner Classics.
Of the recordings, which were also named a Gramophone Editor's Choice of 2009, The Strad said, "the performances of the central canon of seventeen quartets are the best overall from the past decade or so. ... The Endellion String Quartet...has steadily evolved from a neat and tidy group into something a little shaggier and far more penetrative, especially in Beethoven. All four players are remarkable artists and Andrew Watkinson is a leader of international stature."
Beethoven String Quartets
Friday, February 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Opus 18, No. 2; Opus 59, No. 3; Opus 130 (with Beethoven's alternative last movement)
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Opus 18, No. 6; Opus 18, No. 1; Opus 132
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Opus 18, No.4; Opus 74; Opus 131
Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Opus 18, No. 5; Opus 135; Opus 59, No. 2
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Opus 18, No. 3; Opus 95; Opus 127
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Opus 59, No. 1; Opus 130 (with original last movement, Grosse Fuge)
Six performances: $180
Individual tickets: $40
Bring the kids! for $1. Select concerts have $1 tickets available for children (ages 7–16) accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket. No more than 3 children's tickets per paying adult. Available by phone 212-570-3949 or online.
This series is supported in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.
Listen to a sample of Endellion String Quartet.
Above: Photo of Endellion Quartet © Eric Richmond
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