Belcea Quartet – Beethoven Cycle

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020 | 8 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020 | 8 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020 | 7 PM

In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Duke Performances, for the first time, in collaboration with the Chamber Arts Society of Durham, proudly offers six concerts of the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets.

“There is no end to exploration of Beethoven’s riches; and yet what is most compelling is that his music speaks so directly to us as human beings.” As a preamble to its recording of Beethoven’s complete string quartets (2012), the Belcea Quartet articulates this artistic vision of expedition and self-discovery, a vision abundantly clear in its recordings and performances. A longtime audience favorite here, the Belcea undertakes to give us one half of Beethoven’s output in this genre over the course of three concerts in one weekend. (The second three concerts will be offered by Quatuor Ébène in April.)

These concerts feature the brisk classicism of the early quartets, the engaging maturity of the middle quartets, and the glory of the late works that surpasses all understanding.



Concert No. 1: Friday, March 13, 2020
Quartet in F Major, op. 18, no. 1
Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 130, with Große Fuge ending, op. 133

Concert No. 2: Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Chamber Arts Series)
Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5
Quartet in C Major, op. 59, no. 3
Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 127

Concert No. 3: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Quartet in C Minor, op. 18, no. 4
Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 74 (“Harp”)
Quartet in F Major, op. 59, no. 1

Hourly Schedule

March 13

8 PM - 10 PM

March 14

8 PM - 10 PMM

March 15

7 PM - 9 PM


Mar 13 2020 - Mar 16 2020



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