Beethoven String Quartet Marathon: The Complete Video Archive

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Graduates of the Perlman Music Program play in The Greene Space Graduates of the Perlman Music Program play in The Greene Space (Theodora Kuslan)

WQXR's Beethoven String Quartet Marathon took place in The Greene Space on Sunday, Nov. 18. It features a lineup of chamber groups that includes young upstarts as well as veteran ensembles.

We have posted all 16 performances from the marathon below. The videos are presented in two hour blocks just as the program is performed. Discuss your favorite moments in the comments box below. All sixteen individual performances are also available on WQXR's YouTube channel.

Program One

Afiara String Quartet - Quartet No. 1 in F Major,  Op. 18, No. 1
Amphion String Quartet - Quartet No. 11 in F minor,  Op. 95
Attacca Quartet - Quartet No. 2 in G Major,  Op. 18, No. 2
Afiara String Quartet - Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor,  Op. 131


Program Two

Ying Quartet - Quartet No. 4 in C minor,  Op. 18, No. 4
American String Quartet - Quartet No. 7 in F Major,  Op. 59, No. 1
Ying Quartet - Quartet No. 15 in A minor,  Op. 132


Program Three

Parker Quartet - Quartet No. 3 in D Major,  Op. 18, No. 3
Alumni of Perlman Music Program - Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major,  Op. 74
American String Quartet - Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major,  Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge)


Program Four

Amphion String Quartet - Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major,  Op. 18, No. 6
Cecilia String Quartet - Quartet No. 8 in E minor,  Op. 59, No. 2
Orion String Quartet - Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127


Program Five

Students from The Juilliard School - Quartet No. 5 in A Major,  Op. 18, No. 5
Jasper String Quartet - Quartet No. 9 in C major,  Op. 59, No. 3
Orion String Quartet - Quartet No. 16 in F Major,  Op. 135



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Comments [6]

Joseph Landau from Los Gatos, California

This is a treasure. I have told all my music-loving friends of it. Please keep it available.

Nov. 29 2012 12:15 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, boonton, NJ

Beethoven's symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, overtures, chamber music generally ,and song literature, is so pervasive and his world consciousness and basic humanity construct an icon unparalleled to and past his own era. At Juilliard, I studied his oeuvre and , in those days, all singers learned the concert rep of Beethoven , Schubert , Schumann, Wolf and Grieg, whether they would be opera singers or concert singers . So much of our treasured masterpieces, vocal and instrumental, are unknown quantities to most Americans. THANK YOU WQXR FOR CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN !!! Beethoven's symphonies are the ABCs of most essential single composers' oeuvre of the symphonic literature. Who ever having heard the Waldstein well performed can ever forget its beauty and nuanced scope of emotions. Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ . I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, one of which is It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. Rudolf Serkin and his son, Peter are among those other great interpreters of Beethoven's piano concertos and sonatas, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Walter Gieseking, ignace Paderevski and Simon Barere, remarkable for their virtuosity, and immense ability to interpret from their own perspective. The Beethoven violin concerto is celebrated by its ardent interpreters Heifetz, Menuhin, Kreisler, Francescatti and Perlman.

Nov. 23 2012 09:34 PM
Alan Metz from Manhattan

I sincerely thank wqxr for this month of Beethoven and particularly for these performances of the Beethoven quartets. The playing is splendid and I am enjoying them immensely. I hope they will continue to be available on the web site for viewing.

Thank you wqxr.

Nov. 22 2012 11:35 AM
Elisabeth Tretter from Purchase NY

Beethoven piano concerto # 4 has my vote

Nov. 21 2012 11:02 AM
Constantine from New York

I was one who attended the entire marathon.

All the performances were terrific. There were innumerable highlights. The surprise ending of the Serioso comes to mind (even though I knew it was coming). Among others, there were the final fugue of the Rasumovsky No. 3 and the driving finale of the Rasumovsky No. 2. I found that the early quartets were all far more substantial than I recalled. I was extremely impressed by the performance of the Julliard students, whose performance of No. 5 matched the level of the long-established groups.

Though I've attended many live performances of string quartets, it struck me how much the visual element adds to the experience. It makes the interaction between the instruments much clearer, as when the same phrase is bounced around. When you just hear it, it's not always clear where one instrument ends and another begins. At times, it's almost like hearing one enormous stringed instrument with the range of a piano played by an octopus (a very talented octopus, of course).

Then there were some of the costumes, notably the striking purple and red blouses of the women of the Ying quartet and the solid black of the Orion quartet (except for their socks).

Also the facial expressions. Those of cellist Andrew Yee of the Attacca quartet were priceless and alone were well worth the price of admission. Please, Mr. Yee, don't ever let anyone talk you out of them!

Only one complaint: There should have been a performance of the alternate finale of the B flat Quartet, Opus 130. I know that a recorded performance of it was broadcast for WQXR listeners, but the live audience could hear it only faintly and intermittently.

Nov. 19 2012 05:09 PM

What a spectacular day (for those of us who stayed for the entire marathon), truly remarkable! Obey-thoven!!!

Nov. 19 2012 11:00 AM

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No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.