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Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák: String Quintets / Guarneri Quartet

Release Date: 02/03/2009 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 92886  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenAntonín Dvorák
Performer:  Julius LevineMichael TreeArnold SteinhardtJohn Dalley,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

W.A.Mozart, in his own thematic inventory, listed the Serenade “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” as comprising five movements: Allegro;Minuet and Trio I; Romance;Minuet and Trio II; and Finale. Indeed, the autograph manuscript was rediscovered in 1955, bearing unmistakable evidence of the first minuet (with trio) having been torn out. As it stands now, “A Little Night Music” is less of a serenade – ordinarily a lighthearted ramble with an extra minuet or even a whole concerto thrown into the mix of movements – than a small-scale classic string quartet.

While it is perfectly true that the works of the young Beethoven are exhilarating, most of all for their quotient of prophesy, the extraordinary vitality that suffuses the
Read more best of them is satistfying in itself. The unjustly neglected Quintet in C certainly merits that description.

During the time Dvorák was at work on the E-flat Quintet in Spillville, Iowa, in the summer of 1893, a small group of Iroquois Indians paid a visit to the town and performed each evening for the assembled Czech citizenry. The composer never missed these get-togethers and was much taken by the Iroquois art. Years later, Dvorák’s assistant Josef Kovarík maintained that the first movement of the Quintet owes its pervasive skipping rhythm to the Iroquois drums and dances.

-- Exceprts from album liner notes
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Works on This Recording

Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Julius Levine (Double Bass), Michael Tree (Viola), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
John Dalley (Violin), David Soyer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1980 
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Michael Tree (Viola), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin), John Dalley (Violin),
David Soyer (Cello), Pinchas Zukerman (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1980 
Quintet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 97/B 180 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  David Soyer (Cello), John Dalley (Violin), Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola), Walter Trampler (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 

Featured Sound Samples

String Quintet in C, op 29 (Beethoven): I. Allegro moderato
String Quintet in E flat (Dvorák): II. Allegro vivo...

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