The Belcea Quartet, pride of the label’s young artists, had been told before the company was sold off that it was not in a position any more to issue a Beethoven cycle. So the Belcea are no longer EMI artists, and others are likely to follow their drift.
The Beethoven cycle will appear – on ZigZag.
BELCEA QUARTET TO RELEASE BEETHOVEN’S
COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS ON ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES
MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2011
Zig-Zag Territoires is pleased to announce the start of its collaboration with the Belcea Quartet. The foursome’s first recording of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets will be released in May 2012.
Throughout the next 12 months the Belcea Quartet will be performing all the Beethoven quartets at London’s Wigmore Hall as well as in Aldeburgh (where the recordings are made), Liverpool, Gateshead, Hamburg, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Stockholm. There will also be a half-cycle at Carnegie Hall and Genoa will see a full cycle over the 2012/13 season. The ensemble has over past years gained an enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading string quartets. Taking both the British and international chamber music circuit by storm, it continues to consistently receive critical acclaim for its performances. Established at the Royal College of Music in 1994, the Quartet has since been coached by the Chilingirian, Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartets. It is the Associate Ensemble at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and, since the 2010/11 season, Ensemble in Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Zig-Zag Territoires’, part of the Outhere group of labels, release of Volume I of Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets in May 2012 will coincide with their performance of the complete cycle at the Vienna Konzerthaus between May 2nd and 12th.
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