Monument Records is a label dedicated to the music of Beethoven. But not just the standard repertoire of Beethoven. Rather, Monument explores the more unusual parts of Beethoven's output. Their release "Beethoven: Forgotten String Quartets" is a good example.
This CD brings together a variety of mostly unheard scraps from the master's worktable. The Covington Quartet plays some sketches for string quartets left unfinished at Beethoven's death. They also perform some of Beethoven's contrapuntal studies, as well as other works transcribed for string quartet by Beethoven and others.
The "DCD Classical 'Cast" episode 78 samples selections from this album. Even though the works are short, they present a fascinating look into the creative process of one of the world's greatest composers.
This episode we play: