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Mozart: Divertimento In E Flat / Kraggerud, Tomter, Richter


Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572258   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lars Anders TomterHenning KraggerudChristoph Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


It's great to see this work, incomparably the most magnificent string trio ever written, getting increasing attention on disc. We recently welcomed a splendid new recording on BIS, and now here's another, equally fine. It seems that the music brings out the best in its performers, as well it must. Anyone attempting a nearly 50-minute-long string trio had better have the chops to carry it off. Perhaps the outstanding quality of this performance is its rhythmic thrust, combined with the ability of the players to characterize their musical lines in an independent but still effectively coordinated way.

I'm thinking in particular of cellist Christoph Richter's delightful, swooping comments
Read more at the end of the first-movement exposition, the almost "parlante" phrasing of the finale's principal rondo theme, and the generously lyrical phrasing of the grand second-movement Adagio. In music bursting with some of Mozart's catchiest tunes, there's never a moment that turns dull or static in this performance, and the sonics let the music breathe in a warm but ideally intimate setting. You really can't have too many versions of this piece, one of the glories of the chamber music literature. Let this be one of them.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in E flat major, K 563 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola), Henning Kraggerud (Violin), Christoph Richter (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
2. Allegro for Violin, Viola and Cello in G major, K Anh. 66 (562e) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lars Anders Tomter (Viola), Henning Kraggerud (Violin), Christoph Richter (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: I. Allegro
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: II. Adagio
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: IV. Andante
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: V. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio I - Trio II
Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563: VI. Allegro
String Trio in G major, K. Anh. 66 (K. 562e): I. Allegro (fragment)

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