Beethoven's Third Symphony, the "Eroica," is embedded in any musician's consciousness. It has been played regularly since the date of its composition and in the recorded era has unsurprisingly generated a cornucopia of recordings. Small surprise the market is flooded. And yet here is an arrangement of the mighty "Eroica"
Difficult to know what to focus on here: all three pieces have their own special claims. Schumann's string quartets remain, surely, the most cruelly neglected by any major composer? Then there's the magnificence of Shostakovich's Ninth Quartet, not to mention the fresh, contemporary voice of the Pulitzer-wining composer Caroline Shaw