Available languages: EnglishThe Belcea Quartet is a youthful group from London, founded at the Royal College of Music in 1997. Its members are Corina Belcea first violin, Axel Schacher second violin, Kryzsztof Chorzelski viola, and Antoine Lederlin cello. After coaching for nearly three years with the Chilingirian Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, and composer/violinist Simon Rowland-Jones, the Belcea went on to win international string quartet competitions in Osaka and Bordeaux during its first year in the public eye. Through additional honors gained and exposure received via the BBC, the Belcea Quartet landed the position of in-house string quartet at Wigmore Hall in London (until 2006), and at about the same time signed a recording contract with EMI Classics. In 2011, it began a new series of recordings for Zig-Zag Territoires. The Belcea Quartet embarked on its first tour of the United States in the 2005-2006 season. It is quartet-in-residence at the Guildhall School, and, since the 2010-2011 season, shares ensemble-in-residence at the Vienna Konzarthaus duties with the Artemis Quartett.
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Even more than his other music, perhaps, Brahms' music for string quartet inhabits a knife's edge between formal control and stark emotional intensity. Just as with his symphonies, Brahms entered into a dialogue with his predecessors in the three string quartets and one piano quintet recorded here: the works are intricate even beyond the composer's usual standards, but the performers can't lose sight of the content. England's Belcea come close to the ideal balance here. You could sample anywhere, but for a compact chunk illustrating this remarkable quartet's talents, try the opening movement of the String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67. A lighter approach to the rhythmic complexities of the movement's basic thematic material is possible, but the tension the Belcea players introduce seems a preferable match with the metrical irregularity. You might also prefer a bigger role from pianist Till Fellner in the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, but the perfect ensemble balance and attention to detail throughout this performance are hard to beat. That balance and sense of ensemble are present through the entire double album, and fine sound from Alpha is a bonus. This is a major Brahms chamber release. © TiVo