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Mozart: Piano Quartets / Fauré Quartett


Release Date: 05/09/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775885   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fauré Piano Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Despite its name, the Fauré Quartet is not French, but German. At first, I was taken aback by the players’ ‘clipped’, almost military-style treatment of the opening theme in the G minor Quartet K478. However, the approach accords well with the austere style of the performance. Unlike most ensembles, the Fauré Quartet do not offer the long second repeat in the opening movement of either work. In the case of K478, that repeat has the advantage of throwing greater weight onto the coda, where the music reaches a peak of intensity,

But the Fauré Quartet generate such tension at the culmination of the movement’s central development section that it’s easy to understand why the players were reluctant to revisit
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fauré Piano Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fauré Piano Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Venue:  Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 35 Secs. 

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