The New Zealand String Quartet is the Artist Ensemble in Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. This is a recording of their special presentation given as part of the NZSM's 2012 Friday at 5:15 series. It was recorded in the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, on Friday 24 August.
The New Zealand String Quartet celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, and they performed the full cycle of Beethoven string quartets in many New Zealand centres. In this fascinating and moving one-hour presentation called 'Inside Beethoven', the NZSQ illuminated the events in Beethoven's personal life which surrounded the composition of his string quartets, interspersing quotes from his letters and contemporary sources with selected movements from his quartets.
By giving context to the drama of the music, the audience were able to appreciate the greatness of Beethoven's writing, and the place of the string quartet in his output, moving from his early works in the Opus 18 set to the final great late quartets.