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Mozart: The Last String Quartets / Juilliard String Quartet


Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 77114  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The quartets Nos. 21, 22, and 23 were composed by Mozart with the hope of a dedication to King William of Prussia. The king was a cellist, and Mozart lovingly favors the cello in these quartets of supreme craftsmanship." - Herbert Russcol

[Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590] "...makes an exciting culmination to them all, in Mozart's most mature handling of the style...The composer ends his adventures in the string quartet at the very top of his bent." - John Burk, Mozart and his Music

"Though CBS in its latter days of independence reissued the Juilliard Quartet’s recordings of the last Schubert String Quartets on a mid-price 2-CD set, re-reissued by Sony on SB2K89978, neither they
Read more nor their present owners Sony/BMG ever released these Mozart recordings on CD, to the best of my knowledge, perhaps because there is such strong competition in the Mozart, not least from the Quartetto Italiano and Amadeus Quartet in recordings of much the same vintage. With those stylish Italian recordings currently unavailable, however, either as part of their 8-CD collection of all the Mozart Quartets, singly, or on Philips Duo, except as downloads or from ArkivMusic, and the Amadeus as a box set only, it makes excellent sense to reissue the Juilliard recordings...If you are looking for a 2-CD set of the last four quartets, the ArkivMusik reissue of the Juilliards makes an obvious recommendation. There’s a detailed booklet with some useful analyses of the music and the recording has worn well." -- MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1974 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 21 in D major, K 575 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1974 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 22 in B flat major, K 589 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1974 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 23 in F major, K 590 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1974 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York 

Featured Sound Samples

String Quartet no 21: II. Andante
String Quartet no 22: IV. Allegro assai

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