The first of a major series of Beethoven Quartets by the Allegri Quartet for VIVAT brings volume 1 of the astonishing Opus 18 set, composed between 1798 and 1800. The young Beethoven produced music that was full of energy and variety, optimistic yet passionate, brimming with invention and enthusiasm. Early Beethoven these quartets may be, but they prove that the composer was already a master of the form.
In 2013 the Allegri String Quartet celebrate their sixtieth anniversary, making them Britain's longest-running chamber music ensemble. Following in the footsteps of the quartet's founders, Eli Goren and William Pleeth, today's Allegri musicians - violinists Ofer Falk and Rafael Todes, violist Dorothea Vogel and cellist Vanessa Lucas-Smith - continue the quartet's long tradition of performing Beethoven, whose works form a substantial part of the Allegri's anniversary celebrations. The Quartet give Beethoven performances during 2013 in London's King's Place, Oxford's Holywell Music Room and in Richmond, at Benslow and the Salisbury Festival, and as well as a complete Beethoven quartet cycle performed during one week in the glorious Swiss mountains of Engadin. Further details of the quartet's sixtieth anniversary celebrations can be found via the link below.
The Allegri's Beethoven disc for VIVAT was engineered using the latest in high resolution recording. Renowned engineer Tony Faulkner recorded the quartet in the well-nigh perfect acoustics of Menuhin Hall, Surrey in 192kHz, 24-bit sound (a conventional CD is heard in 44.1kHz, 16-bit), enabling a master recording of outstanding audio faithfulness and exceptional tonal clarity. That 'hi-res 192k' studio master will be available for download.
A video 'short' film was also recorded and will be launched during May 2013.
Posted: 3 May 2013
by Celia Ballantyne
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