Mozart: Chamber music for strings

Mozart: Chamber music for strings
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artist Sonare Quartet
Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna
Sharon Quartet
The Chilingirian Quartet
Orlando Quartet
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 94370
EAN code 5028421943701
Release May 2012

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Mozart’s genius can often be perceived most clearly in the technical experimentation and expressive breadth of his chamber works; this 12-disc box set of his complete string duos, trios, quartets and quintets places this genius and skill in the spotlight, offering a comprehensive overview of some of the Classical era’s greatest masterpieces.

In these works – which span Mozart’s career, from the K80 quartet that he composed as a 14-year-old prodigy to the K590 quartet, which dates from the year before his death – listeners will find a wealth of inventive techniques: variations, canonic and fugal writing, operatic melodies, graceful slow movements, playful changes in character and moments of musical drama are all present. Highlights include the six ‘Haydn’ quartets, which Mozart dedicated to his mentor, pieces of refined beauty and sophisticated technical skill. In particular, the progressive musical language of the famous ‘Dissonance’ quartet (K465) seems to foreshadow Romanticism, while the evocative ‘Hunt’ quartet (K458) is one of Mozart’s most popular. The achievements of the String Quartets are extended in the six String Quintets, while the expansive String Trio Divertimento and comparatively rare String Duos are also included.

Featuring superb performances by acclaimed ensembles and instrumentalists, this collection is a fantastic way to delve deeper into Mozart’s works for string ensemble. With over 12 hours of music, this box set will be a worthwhile addition to any music lover’s library.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1989–2006.
- Includes booklet notes about each work.
- For the first time complete in one set: the works for string ensemble by Mozart.
- Ranging from the duos for violin and viola to the magnificent string quintets, these works show Mozart’s genius in ensemble writing, finding the perfect balance of harmony and counterpoint, while expressing the whole gamut of human emotions, from debonair gaiety to dark despair.
- Excellent performances by leading string ensembles, such as the Chilingirian Quartet, the Orlando Quartet and the Franz Schubert Quartet of Vienna.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Duo No. 1 in G, K. 423: I. Allegro
  2. String Duo No. 1 in G, K. 423: II. Adagio
  3. String Duo No. 1 in G, K. 423: III. Rondeau: Allegro
  4. String Duo No. 2 in B-Flat, K. 424: I. Adagio – Allegro
  5. String Duo No. 2 in B-Flat, K. 424: II. Andante cantabile
  6. String Duo No. 2 in B-Flat, K. 424: III. Tema con variazioni
  7. String Trio in B-Flat, K. 266: Adagio – Menuetto

Disk 2

  1. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: I. Allegro
  2. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: II. Adagio
  3. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: IV. Andante
  5. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: V. Menuetto: Allegretto
  6. String Trio Divertimento in E-Flat, K. 563: VI. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. String Quartet No. 2 in D, K. 155: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 2 in D, K. 155: II. Andante
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in D, K. 155: III. Molto allegro
  4. String Quartet No. 3 in G, K. 156: I. Presto
  5. String Quartet No. 3 in G, K. 156: II. Adagio
  6. String Quartet No. 3 in G, K. 156: III. Tempo di minuetto
  7. String Quartet No. 4 in C, K. 157: I. Without tempo indication
  8. String Quartet No. 4 in C, K. 157: II. Andante
  9. String Quartet No. 4 in C, K. 157: III. Presto
  10. String Quartet No. 5 in F, K. 158: I. Allegro
  11. String Quartet No. 5 in F, K. 158: II. Andante un poco allegretto
  12. String Quartet No. 5 in F, K. 158: III. Tempo di minuetto
  13. String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat, K. 159: I. Andante
  14. String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat, K. 159: II. Allegro
  15. String Quartet No. 6 in B-Flat, K. 159: III. Rondo: Allegro grazioso
  16. String Quartet No. 7 in E-Flat, K. 160: I. Allegro
  17. String Quartet No. 7 in E-Flat, K. 160: II. Un poco adagio
  18. String Quartet No. 7 in E-Flat, K. 160: III. Presto

Disk 4

  1. String Quartet No. 8 in F, K. 168: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 8 in F, K. 168: II. Andante
  3. String Quartet No. 8 in F, K. 168: III. Menuetto
  4. String Quartet No. 8 in F, K. 168: IV. Allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 9 in A K. 169: I. Molto allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 9 in A K. 169: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 9 in A K. 169: III. Menuetto
  8. String Quartet No. 9 in A K. 169: IV. Rondeaux: Allegro
  9. String Quartet No. 10 in C, K. 170: I. Tema con variazioni
  10. String Quartet No. 10 in C, K. 170: II. Menuetto
  11. String Quartet No. 10 in C, K. 170: III. Un poco adagio
  12. String Quartet No. 10 in C, K. 170: IV. Rondeaux: Allegro
  13. String Quartet No. 11 in E-Flat, K. 171: I. Adagio – Allegro assai – Adagio
  14. String Quartet No. 11 in E-Flat, K. 171: II. Menuetto
  15. String Quartet No. 11 in E-Flat, K. 171: III. Andante
  16. String Quartet No. 11 in E-Flat, K. 171: IV. Allegro assai
  17. String Quartet No. 12 in B-Flat, K. 172: I. Allegro spiritoso
  18. String Quartet No. 12 in B-Flat, K. 172: II. Adagio
  19. String Quartet No. 12 in B-Flat, K. 172: III. Menuetto
  20. String Quartet No. 12 in B-Flat, K. 172: IV. Allegro assai
  21. String Quartet No. 13 in D Minor, K. 173: I. Allegro ma molto moderato
  22. String Quartet No. 13 in D Minor, K. 173: II. Andantino grazioso
  23. String Quartet No. 13 in D Minor, K. 173: III. Menuetto
  24. String Quartet No. 13 in D Minor, K. 173: IV. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. String Quartet No. 14 in G, K. 387 ‘Spring’: I. Allegro vivace assai
  2. String Quartet No. 14 in G, K. 387 ‘Spring’: II. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  3. String Quartet No. 14 in G, K. 387 ‘Spring’: III. Andante cantabile
  4. String Quartet No. 14 in G, K. 387 ‘Spring’: IV. Molto allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421: III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421: IV. Allegretto ma non troppo – Più allegro

Disk 6

  1. String Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat, K. 428: I. Allegro non troppo
  2. String Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat, K. 428: II. Andante con moto
  3. String Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat, K. 428: III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegro
  4. String Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat, K. 428: IV. Allegro vivace
  5. String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 458 ‘The Hunt’: I. Allegro vivace assai
  6. String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 458 ‘The Hunt’: II. Menuetto & Trio: Moderato
  7. String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 458 ‘The Hunt’: III. Adagio
  8. String Quartet No. 17 in B-Flat, K. 458 ‘The Hunt’: IV. Allegro assai

Disk 7

  1. String Quartet No. 18 in A, K. 464: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 18 in A, K. 464: II. Menuetto & Trio
  3. String Quartet No. 18 in A, K. 464: III. Andante
  4. String Quartet No. 18 in A, K. 464: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
  5. String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’: I. Adagio – Allegro
  6. String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’: II. Andante cantabile
  7. String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’: III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegro
  8. String Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’: IV. Allegro molto

Disk 8

  1. String Quartet No. 20 in D, K. 499 ‘Hoffmeister’: I. Allegretto
  2. String Quartet No. 20 in D, K. 499 ‘Hoffmeister’: II. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  3. String Quartet No. 20 in D, K. 499 ‘Hoffmeister’: III. Adagio
  4. String Quartet No. 20 in D, K. 499 ‘Hoffmeister’: IV. Molto allegro
  5. String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575: I. Allegretto
  6. String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575: III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet No. 21 in D, K. 575: IV. Allegretto

Disk 9

  1. String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat, K. 589: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat, K. 589: II. Larghetto
  3. String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat, K. 589: III. Menuetto & Trio: Moderato
  4. String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat, K. 589: IV. Allegro assai
  5. String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590: I. Allegro moderato
  6. String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590: II. Andante
  7. String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590: III. Menuetto & Trio: Allegretto
  8. String Quartet No. 23 in F, K. 590: IV. Allegro
  9. String Quartet No. 1 in G, K. 80: I. Adagio
  10. String Quartet No. 1 in G, K. 80: II. Allegro
  11. String Quartet No. 1 in G, K. 80: III. Minuetto
  12. String Quartet No. 1 in G, K. 80: IV. Rondo

Disk 10

  1. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174: I. Allegro moderato
  2. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174: II. Adagio
  3. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174: III. Menuetto ma allegretto
  4. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174: IV. Allegro
  5. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174 (first abandoned version): III. Menuetto, ma allegretto & trio
  6. String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat, K. 174 (first abandoned version): IV. Allegro
  7. String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: I. Allegro
  8. String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: II. Andante
  9. String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: III. Minuetto in canone – Trio al rovescio
  10. String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: IV. Allegro

Disk 11

  1. String Quintet No. 3 in C, K. 515: I. Allegro
  2. String Quintet No. 3 in C, K. 515: II. Andante
  3. String Quintet No. 3 in C, K. 515: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  4. String Quintet No. 3 in C, K. 515: IV. Allegro
  5. String Quintet No. 5 in D, K. 593: I. Larghetto – Allegro
  6. String Quintet No. 5 in D, K. 593: II. Adagio
  7. String Quintet No. 5 in D, K. 593: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  8. String Quintet No. 5 in D, K. 593: IV. Finale: Allegro

Disk 12

  1. String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: I. Allegro
  2. String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: II. Menuetto: Allegretto
  3. String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: III. Adagio ma non troppo
  4. String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: IV. Adagio –
  5. String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: Allegro
  6. String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat, K. 614: I. Allegro di molto
  7. String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat, K. 614: II. Andante
  8. String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat, K. 614: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
  9. String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat, K. 614: IV. Allegro