After a very intense season 2011/2012 full of Beethoven we are now starting our preparations for the new season. We are going to be still immersed in Beethoven, performing in concert series in Stockholm, New York, Vevey, Genoa and Bolzano. Gradually we will also be returning to music by other composers beginning with our first concert of the season at one of our "home" concert halls: Vienna's Konzerthaus, which will feature music by Strauss and Brahms. For details of all our concert until the end of 2012 please visit the Concert Dates page.
We have embarked on the 4th part of our Beethoven Cycle. This is perhaps the most intense and exhausting programme of the whole cycle.
We are about to begin a weekend of concerts in Perugia and Florence with the Swedish clarinet Martin Frost. This is a short and very welcome digression from our Beethoven marathon. We met with Martin in Basel to rehearse the Mozart and Brahms quintets and are about to set off on our trip to Italy. The concerts will also feature quartets by Schubert, Webern, Beethoven and one of our favourites: Britten's Quartet No.3. This will in fact be a special occasion for us, as Axel will be playing it with us for the first time. Going through this wonderful quartet with Axel makes us feel that he has now truly become a "Belcea". You can find out more details about our concerts with Martin on the Concert Dates page of our website...and from Florence it is onwards to Genova on Monday and the beginning of the 4th instalment of the Beethoven Cycle. This time his op.18/1, "Razumovsky No.3 and op.132. Coming to Hamburg and all our UK venues very soon!
As our journey through all the Beethoven quartets reaches its middle point, we are tackling perhaps the most demanding and the greatest of all the string quartets written to this day - the monumental op.131. Playing it is a particularly thrilling experience for us, which is why I chose to focus on this work alone today. Certainly for some of us in the Belcea Quartet it was hearing this piece early on in our lives that marked us with our passion for playing string quartets...
Missed the latest installment of the Beethoven series? Not to worry, catch it on BBC Radio 3 this Sunday
BBC - BBC Radio 3 Programmes - Sunday Concert, The Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven