01.12.11 19:30, Wigmore Hall, London; £12, £16, £22, £26

The Belcea Quartet returns with its second contribution of the season to the Beethoven Chamber Music Focus. As before, they span the three broad groups of Beethoven’s quartets, with the serendipity of the early B flat work of Op. 18 acting as a foil to the terse tragedy of Op. 95. The Belceas then focus on the first of the late quartets, Op. 127, the work with which Beethoven embarked upon one of the greatest artistic achievements of Western civilisation.