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The Late Quartets
Ludwig van Beethoven

Calidore String Quartet

The Late Quartets

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212073322
Catnr: SIGCD 733
Release date: 03 March 2023
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212073322
Catalogue number
SIGCD 733
Release date
03 March 2023
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About the album

“[Their Beethoven performance’s] were shockingly deep. I’ve never heard a quartet so young get so inside this ultimately inscrutable music”

LA Times

The Calidore Quartet return to Signum Classics for the first instalment of their Beethoven Cycle: a 3-volume set of The Late Quartets. Their interpretation is informed by their diverse set of mentors which include Alban Berg, Emerson, Guarneri and yet still uniquely representing the sentiments, aesthetics and research of their generation. Their interpretations of Beethoven are already critically acclaimed with future performances planned at prestigious venues to be announced.

Artist(s)

Calidore String Quartet

Performances of the Calidore String Quartet are renowned for their “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times). Their unique “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) is complemented by the feeling that “four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one” (Washington Post). After over a decade of performances and residencies in the world’s most esteemed venues and festivals, the release of numerous critically acclaimed recordings and lauded with significant awards, the Calidore String Quartet is recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of a vast repertory; from the cycles of quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn to works of celebrated contemporary voices like Grygory Kurtag, Jörg Widmann and...
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Performances of the Calidore String Quartet are renowned for their “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times). Their unique “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) is complemented by the feeling that “four more individual musicians are unimaginable, yet these speak, breathe, think and feel as one” (Washington Post). After over a decade of performances and residencies in the world’s most esteemed venues and festivals, the release of numerous critically acclaimed recordings and lauded with significant awards, the Calidore String Quartet is recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of a vast repertory; from the cycles of quartets by Beethoven and Mendelssohn to works of celebrated contemporary voices like Grygory Kurtag, Jörg Widmann and Caroline Shaw.

In their most ambitious recording project to date, the Calidore are amidst recording the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets for Signum Records. The recording will involve multiple releases beginning in March 2023. The 22-23 season includes debuts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Prague, Madrid, Vancouver and Key West. Their concert activities also see returns to Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Copenhagen, Florence, Montreal, St. Paul, Houston and Los Angeles. In September 2022, the Calidore performs at Carnegie Hall with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, in a memorial concert honoring the late composer Andre Previn. They also enjoy collaborations this season with the Emerson Quartet, clarinetist Anthony McGill, bassist Xavier Foley, violist Matthew Lipman, harpist Bridget Kibbey and pianists Ivo Kahanek and Sophiko Simisive.

Recipient of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, the Calidore String Quartet first made international headlines as winner of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet was the first and only North American ensemble to win the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, and is currently in residence with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Highlights of recent seasons have included performances in major venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Brussels’s BOZAR, Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, and at significant festivals including the BBC Proms, Verbier, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Rheingau, East Neuk, and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The Calidore has given world premieres of works by Caroline Shaw, Hannah Lash and Mark-Anthony Turnage among others. Its collaborations with esteemed artists and ensembles include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Marc-André Hamelin, Joshua Bell, David Shifrin, Inon Barnatan, Lawrence Power, Sharon Isbin, David Finckel and Wu Han. The Calidore has collaborated and studied closely with the Emerson Quartet and Quatuor Ébène, and has also studied with Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Günter Pichler, Guillaume Sutre, Paul Coletti, and Ronald Leonard.

As a passionate supporter of music education, the Calidore String Quartet is committed to mentoring and educating young musicians, students, and audiences. In 2021 the Calidore joined the faculty of the University of Delaware School of Music and serve as directors of the newly established Graduate String Quartet Residency. Formerly, they served as artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, University of Michigan and Stony Brook University.

The Calidore String Quartet was founded at the Colburn School in Los Angeles in 2010. Within two years, the quartet won grand prizes in virtually all the major US chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff, Coleman, Chesapeake, and Yellow Springs competitions, and it captured top prizes at the 2012 ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. An amalgamation of “California” and “doré” (French for “golden”), the ensemble’s name represents its reverence for the diversity of culture and the strong support it received from its original home: Los Angeles, California, the “golden state.”

Their instruments:

Jeffrey Myers plays a violin by Francesco Rugeri c.1680, owned by a private benefactor on loan through the Leonhard Fellowship and plays a bow by Francois Tourte

Ryan Meehan plays a violin by Vincenzo Panormo c.1775 and a bow by Joseph Henry

Jeremy Berry plays a viola by Giovanni Battista Ceruti c.1811, owned by a private benefactor and a 1903 Umberto Muschietti viola. He plays a bow by Pierre Simon.

Estelle Choi plays a cello by Charles Jacquot c.1830


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Disc #1
01.
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: I. Maestoso
07:06
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
02.
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: II Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
15:22
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03.
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: III. Scherzando vivace
08:02
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04.
String Quartet No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 127: IV. Finale. Allegro
07:10
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05.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
06:48
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
06.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: II. Allegro molto vivace
02:54
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
07.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: III. Allegro moderato
00:43
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08.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: IV. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
13:26
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09.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: V. Presto
05:01
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10.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VI. Adagio quasi un poco andante
01:59
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11.
String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: VII. Allegro
06:38
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Disc #2
01.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro
13:39
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
02.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: II. Presto
01:59
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
03.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: III. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzando
06:55
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
04.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: IV. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)
03:24
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
05.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: V. Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo)
07:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
06.
Grosse Fuge in B-Flat Major, Op. 133
15:32
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
07.
String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat major, Op. 130: VI. Finale. Allegro
10:13
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet

Disc #3
01.
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: I. Assai sostenuto - Allegro
09:57
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
02.
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: II. Allegro ma non tanto
09:01
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
03.
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: III. Molto adagio
17:32
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04.
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: IV. Alla marcia, assai vivace
02:17
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
05.
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132: V. Allegro appassionato
06:41
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
06.
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: I. Allegretto
06:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
07.
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: II. Vivace
03:15
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08.
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: III. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
07:48
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09.
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135: IV. Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro
06:43
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Calidore Quartet
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