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Mozart: Six "Haydn" Quartets / Hagen Quartet


Release Date: 10/01/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471024   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For sheer finesse the Hagen is up there with its fellow Austrian ensemble the Alban Berg Quartet. The players' collective sonority - aptly slimmed down for Mozart - is elegantly honed, their ensemble and internal balance impeccable. No subtlety of Mozart's part-writing escapes them. The first two quartets of the Haydn set come off specially well. The tense, disquieting performance of the G major's astonishing anti-minuet really vindicates the choice of tempo - the Allegro of Mozart's autograph rather then the more commonly adopted Allegretto of the first edition. And I have seldom heard the Andante played with such hushed absorption. In the D minor's first movement the Hagen consistently stresses the music's melancholy fatalism, imbuing Read more even the agitated dialogues of the development with a sense of elegiac resignation. There are many memorable things in the remaining quartets: say, in the veiled, withdrawn colourings in the Adagio of the Hunt or the mellow reflectiveness of the opening movement of the E flat. In one or two movements, though, the Hagen's characteristic rhythmic flexibility seems exaggerated, compromising the music's natural flow: in, say, the opening movement of the A major (which emerges here as wayward and disjointed) or the minuet of the Dissonance, where the players elongate the rests and tease out the quiet cadential phrase on each of its appearances - a witty effect once, perhaps, but not when replicated half a dozen times. Quibbles aside, these superbly finished performances reinforce the Hagen's credentials as sympathetic, discerning Mozartians.

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine
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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:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
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:  Hagen String Quartet
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:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

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