The third installment of the Endellion Quartet’s 9-CD cycle of Beethoven’s complete chamber works for strings.
The Endellion Quartet celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2004. It has evolved into one of the UK’s most authoritative and well-loved chamber groups, performing a vast spectrum of repertoire from Haydn to Thomas Adès.
”Op 130” was the first of Beethoven’s final trilogy of string quartets, and is cast over a vast five-movement structure. Its composition was contemporary with the Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony.
”The Grosse Fuge” – originally intended as the finale to “Op 130” and later extracted as a ‘standalone’ work – is the most notoriously challenging string music that Beethoven composed.
The performances are based on the newly published and internationally acclaimed edition of Beethoven’s works by leading Beethoven scholar and musicologist Jonathan del Mar. del Mar’s editions – used by Simon Rattle, Charles Mackerras and Claudio Abbado – are at the vanguard of Beethoven research. del Mar, who will be profiled in the July 2006 issue of Classic FM magazine to tie in with this release, has unearthed numerous wrong notes throughout the quartets cycle. In this volume of quartets, “Op 130” has had significant corrections made, and del Mar has restored a cello line in the “Grosse Fuge” altered after Beethoven’s death because of its superhuman technical demands.
Striking cover artwork features profiles of Beethoven in an Andy Warhol style, and the booklet contains expert commentaries from Misha Donat and Jonathan del Mar