Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 F major op. 18/1

Schuppanzigh Quartet
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Using a handwritten copy of the score, performed on original period instruments from the Beethoven House in Bonn, the Schuppanzigh Quartet performs the first version of the first String Quartet in F major op. 18/1 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ignaz Schuppanzigh (1776  1830) was one of Beethoven's violin teachers and a lifelong friend who promoted his student's works. In 1804, Schuppanzigh founded the first professional string quartet with a fixed line up. Above all, they played works by Beethoven and Schubert. 200 years later, violinist Anton Steck founded the Schuppanzigh Quartet anew to bring the spirit of the age back to life for modern audiences. Beethoven dedicated the first version of his String Quartet in F major to Carl Amenda, a Lithuanian violinist who spent several months in Vienna in 1798 and soon struck up a friendship with Beethoven. Before Amenda left Vienna, Beethoven presented him with a handwritten copy of the score. It is this copy that the Schuppanzigh Quartet used for this performance. After the concert there will be an interview with Anton Steck (1st violin) and Christian Gooses (viola)

Recorded on April 14th 2021


This production was made possible by a stipend from the "Auf geht's! 2020" program of the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Culture. 


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recorded at 05/30/2021, 08:00pm (CEST)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1 (first version)
  • I. Allegro con brio
  • II. Adagio molto
  • III. Scherzo. Allegro / Trio
  • IV. Allegretto
  • Interview with Anton Steck und Christian Goosses