Reviews of some of the original recordings that make up this set:
Quintets K 174, K 516, K 593, K 406
"There is some pretty powerful playing here too, and though some listeners might prefer a more intimate approach to the quintets, I rather enjoyed the Guarneri's big, bold Mozart. In the comparatively small-scale K174 there is some restraint, with delicacy and charm in the Adagio, but it is still early Mozart without frills, directly and boldly presented. Steven Tenenbom seems to have a bigger tone as 'guest' viola than Ida Kavafian, which encourages the group to play Out more in K516. In this work there is warmth but a fairly tough, energetic response to the music: perhaps some of the accents in theRead more Minuet and Trio are too brusque. The players attack the first note of K406 with some force too, and this movement's minor key drama is played to the full. But there is a degree of tenderness, if not any really soft playing in the Andante. In K593 the Adagio is nicely shaped, and there are some neatly phrased passages in the finale, but strength of attack is again very evident in the first movement and in the Minuet and Trio. Nowhere throughout all four works is there a dull movement, or even a dull moment."
Terrific.December 13, 2015By Ralph Miller (Vallejo, CA)See All My Reviews"I am not competent to compare these performances with others, but for me the entire package is sensational. This is amazing music, beautifully performed, and this little box is a steal at the price. Very good treadmilling music, too; in case anyone else cares about that. It starts my day with a very satisfying hour of Mozart, splendidly played."Report Abuse
Excellent!!October 23, 2014By Luis A M. (Forest Hills, NY)See All My Reviews"Enjoyable performances of Mozart's string quartets and quintets. great buy at affordable price"Report Abuse