Beethoven Late String Quartets
The Wihan Quartet formed in 1985, are heirs to the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet’s outstanding reputation for the interpretation of its native Czech heritage and of the many classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire is widely acknowledged.
From October 2007 to March 2008, the Wihan gave the first series of all Beethoven Quartets in Prague, and these landmark concerts were recorded for this series of CDs.
These are richly rewarding readings of Beethoven's late quartets..... The group makes a meaty, full sound, and their vision of each work carries with it the insight of long, deep mutual experience.... achingly intense and beautifully controlled. We're promised the middle and early quartets before the year is out. I can't wait. The Sunday Times
These are excellent: their fiery interpretations do full justice to Beethoven's final masterpieces. The Independent
Interpretative insight, ensemble expertise and fine dynamic shading come together most convincingly. Gramophone
The Wihan is an impressive group. These are technically highly assured performances..the Wihans get to the heart of the matter..experiencing these works live by a top quartet is one of the great musical experiences. MusicWeb
Beautiful clarity....the Wihan's capacity for lightness of touch well suits Op127...the Presto (Op131) is played with splendid vigour. International Record Review