James Ehnes on his string quartet and recording late Beethoven

Friday, June 17, 2022

Gramophone’s current Artist of the Year on adding a new dimension to his outlook on Beethoven

The Canadian violinist James Ehnes has his own string quartet for which he’s joined by fellow violinist Amy Schwarz Moretti, viola-player Richard Yongjae O’Neill and cellist Edward Arron, and they’ve released the final instalment in their series of recordings for Onyx of the Opp 74 and 95 quartets and all the late quartets. Their final volume includes the A minor, Op 132 and the F major, Op 135.

James Jolly caught up with James Ehnes by video call in Bergen, where he was recording the Nielsen Violin Concerto with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic, to talk about how he formed the quartet, and their journey through the quartets of Beethoven. 

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You can listen to the Beethoven's String Quartets Opp 132 and 135 in lossless audio on Apple Music below. 

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