The renowned Belcea Quartet, whose Beethoven performances have “spiritual depth and expressive urgency” (The New York Times), make their long-awaited return to 92Y, demonstrating the incredible insights into Beethoven’s works that they have developed over 25 years.
Beginning with Beethoven’s very first Quartet, we already hear the bending of the strictures of Haydn and Mozart. To follow, the titanic essay that is the B-flat Major Quartet, a piece in which the composer seems to battle with the very nature of music. In the Grosse Fuge, we hear the final blows struck against the forms that Beethoven began to bend in the first quartet. At the end of the fugue, the battle is hard-won—but it will be left for the next generation of composers to use the tools that Beethoven creates here to bring still greater depth and expression to the art form.