Competition: Win one of five copies of the Endellion String Quartet's new Beethoven set

Celebrating the Endellion Quartet's thirtieth birthday with Warner Classics and Jazz

15 January 2009

Endellions BeethovenThis month sees the Endellion String Quartet, one of the world's finest chamber ensembles, celebrate their landmark thirtieth anniversary.

They play a birthday concert at London's famous Wigmore Hall on 20 January – exactly thirty years to the day since their first rehearsal together – performing Beethoven's Quartet Op.18 No.6 and Schubert's great, final quartet in G major, D.887.

As befits a group that has always been actively engaged in the promotion of new music, they complete the programme with Thomas Adès' Arcadiana, a work they commissioned from the British composer.

The anniversary also sees the quartet release a boxed set of arguably the greatest body of works in the chamber music repertoire: Beethoven's complete string quartets. The recordings are based on the latest performing editions by Jonathan Del Mar and the set includes the string quintets, an unusual arrangement by the composer himself of his own Piano Sonata Op.14 No.1 as well as all the fragments for quartet and quintet.

EndellionsThe recording was supported by the Stradivari Trust, created by Nigel Brown OBE in 2004 with the professed aim of 'Furthering the cause of the Art and Science of Music'. Part of the trust's work involves providing access to instruments for young musicians - through Brown's Syndicated Instrument Trusts - and offering Cambridge University's annual Music Prize.

The Endellion String Quartet is Quartet in Residence at Cambridge University and this release is also timed to coincide with the university's own 800th Anniversary.

For more information see the Endellion Quartet's website.

To celebrate these anniversaries, we've teamed up with Warner Classics and Jazz to offer five copies of the Endellions' Beethoven set in our latest competition.

For your chance to win a copy, all you need to do is answer the following question:

What was the title Beethoven gave to the slow introduction to the last movement of his Quartet in B Flat, Op.18 No.6?

a) 'Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß'

b) 'Cavatina'

c) 'La malinconia'

 

Email your answer, name and address to competitions@musicalcriticism.com by 30 January 2009. We will not pass your details to any third party, but please indicate if you do not wish to receive further correspondence.

 

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