The amazing Quatuor Mosaïques is my second all time favorite group, following the Hagen String Quartet. They celebrates their 30th anniversary with a fabulous return to a new CD, the immense and demanding the last string quartets of Beethoven.
The late string quartets are themselves exceptional: metaphysical masterpieces in which almost all of human emotion and pioneering musical concepts exist. The cycle represents a unique entity in the entire history of music.
The Quatuor Mosaïques performing on period instruments delivers stunning and rarely equalled performances, perfectly balanced between purity, precision and amazing harmonic richness.
The selections are as follows:
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133
Here is the Quatuor Mosaiques performing the Beethoven Quartet number 14: