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Britten: Phantasy Quartet; Mozart: Oboe Quartet


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 728585   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBenjamin BrittenErnö von DohnányiErnö Dohnányi
Performer:  Lisa BatiashviliSebastian KlingerFrançois LeleuxLawrence Power

Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Celebrated soloists prove they can work together in a fine programme

Distinguished soloists do not always make distinguished chamber musicians. Here they do; and unsuspected depths in the music are plumbed. A measure of daring seems implicit in their control of fine pianissimi and tonal half-lights at the beginning of Britten’s Phantasy Quartet. The initial notes marked to be played on the fingerboard of a muted cello emanate from an inky nothingness, to be gradually joined by the viola and violin playing in a similar fashion. And there is no rude awakening from oboist François Leleux; his softly reedy tone steals in to reinforce the delicate
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This is no flash in the pan. Technique, both individual and corporate, is consummate, a vehicle for a penetrating intelligence that reaches beyond the limitations of musical notation. Leleux avoids a narrow dynamic range and blunt attack, instead producing within the scope of his instrument a ductile expressiveness of the sort that is usually heard from strings. The interpretation of Mozart’s Oboe Quartet is sure to meet the expectations of many a dream, as will the C minor Adagio where an eloquent case is made for a piece not often heard. Ditto Dohnányi’s Trio, Lisa Batiashvili as unobtrusively cogent a leader here as she is the duo partner in the arias from Die Zauberflöte.

The only snag to this programme, recorded with the right degree of reverberation, is that a hotch-potch of composers creates a headache for the collector. Where to file this disc? How about a section simply called “Bewitching Performances”?

-- Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone [9/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
2.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ach, ich fühl's, es ist verschwunden by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Adagio for English Horn and Strings in C major, K Anh. 94 (580a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Phantasy for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), François Leleux (Oboe),
Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
7.
Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op. 10 by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili (Violin), Sebastian Klinger (Cello), Lawrence Power (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Hungary 

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