How’s this for a statement: Opus 131, the String Quartet No. 14 in C-Minor, is the greatest of Beethoven’s 16 string quartets.
Fighting words, eh? Actually, I have no idea if it’s true. But I trust the source — Beethoven himself, according to a post on Chamber Musician Today.
For most of my life, I’ve known what date Beethoven’s birthday is — learned it before knowingly hearing a note of his music, actually — but I’ve never celebrated by actually giving his stuff a spin. Maybe I’ll do that today, starting with this Opus 131.