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The Beethoven Project 2: Elias String Quartet
"The Elias Quartet continue their presentation of all of Beethoven's quartets at Turner Sims. The programme opens with the Op 18 quartet which in spite of being placed number 3, was in fact the first quartet which the composer wrote. Op 95 was described by the composer as 'written for a small circle of connoisseurs and is never to be performed in public', whilst Op 130 ends the evening in its original version with the huge Grosse Fuge finale.
The Elias Quartet's Beethoven Quartets cycle is supported by the Friends of Turner Sims."
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The Elias String Quartet are originally from France, Scotland and Sweden and take their name from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah (Elias in its German form). The quartet formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked regularly with the late Dr Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet.
'The emotional chemistry here was manifestly unusual... pure magic' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'The Elias String Quartet should not really be called a quartet. Although they are four string players, they don't play as four separate musicians but instead as one musical force to be reckoned with. Their performance was beautifully synchronised into one glorious interpretation of Beethoven's String Quartet No 15' (The Herald Scotland)
'The Elias is a quite exceptional quartet' (Gramophone Magazine).
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