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Mozart: 6 "haydn-quartette" / Melos Quartet


Release Date: 01/22/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415870   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the original recordings that make up this set.

"It may seem an unlikely thing to say about a German chamber ensemble, yet the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart are more suave, more feline, than the Quartetto Italiano in the opening movement of Mozart's E flat Quartet. The former have, too, the advantage of a modern recording with a more exact stereo placing of each instrument, whereas the Philips disc is close on ten years old. The slow movement of K428 is a curiously hushed, almost apprehensive piece, and the Melos sound fuller, aptly darker, and again DG's recording helps."

-- M.H., Gramophone [5/1977]

"One is immediately struck by the sweetness of their tone,
Read more especially the leader's. Very occasionally he verges on the sentimental with just a trace of a scoop—an almost obligatory device before the war but not now in favour. I don't think he should do this without the encouragement of a slur (as he does, for instance, between bars 7 and 8 of the G major) but I would not otherwise object for his playing is both beguiling and precise. There is nothing insipid about these performances. Dynamic contrasts are strongly emphasized, so much so that I noticed for the first time what a lot of dynamics there are in the first movement of Mozart's G major in the first 24 bars of the first violin part."

-- R.F., Gramophone [11/1977]

"The start of the A major sounds marvellously right—gently affectionate and not too fast, so that the triplet quavers which come later never sound too exhibitionist. The playing has warmth and sympathy."

-- R.F., Gramophone [7/1978]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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