[ Harmonia Mundi / 3 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 21 August 2020
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After Inventions, Apotheosis is the third and last volume in a complete set of the Beethoven quartets that breaks new ground: it aims to regroup the works according to their position within the three broad creative divisions of the composer's life - the formative years, the 'heroic' period and the 'late' period. This programme assembles the 'late' quartets in a new sense, in other words those works in which the stylistic innovations of each of these creative periods reach their full flowering.
"This is a wonderful set which brings the Cuarteto Casals' survey of the complete Beethoven string quartets to a glorious conclusion. Strong, muscular performances throughout with the addition of wonderful sensitivity when called for, make this set, and series as a whole, a leading contender amongst recordings of the quartets" MusicWeb Recommended June 2020