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Uploaded on Nov 16, 2010
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2, IV - Finale: Presto
The Allegri Quartet is Britain's longest-running chamber music ensemble, sustained over six decades by successive generations of the finest international performers. Their reputation for distinctive and stimulating interpretations is rooted in tradition yet alive to contemporary trends.
A commitment to refreshing the repertoire had led the Allegris to give more than 60 world premières since 1964, including specially commissioned pieces by leading composers such as James MacMillan, Jonathan Harvey and Colin Matthews.
The Allegri Quartet also plays a key role in training the next generation of string and chamber music players, and enjoys long-standing teaching residencies at Durham University, the University of East Anglia, Nottingham, Bangor and Middlesex.
Forthcoming Allegri projects include the world première of a new commission by Anthony Payne and a complete cycle of Beethoven's string quartets over two seasons (2010-12) at Kings Place in London and the Holywell Music Room, Oxford.