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Mozart: String Quartets / Hagen Quartet


Release Date: 11/09/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775081   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lukas HagenRainer SchmidtVeronika HagenClemens Hagen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...[P]erformances (and a recording) of the most beautiful clarity. Tone, balance, phrasing and intonation all play a part in conveying this impression, as does the highly effective use of vibrato, mostly reserved for individual expressive lines. At their best, in the first movement of K589, for instance, the Hagens give us an amazingly vivid, luminous vision of the music. And some of the boldest strokes are particularly successful; in K589’s finale the unmarked ritardando just before the modulation to D flat (track 8, 1'56") brings to the fore a sad, meditative feeling that lies behind the high spirits...[T]his is remarkable, enthralling playing...

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [2004]
...[P]erformances (and a recording) of the most beautiful clarity. Tone, balance, phrasing and intonation all play a part in conveying this impression, as does the highly effective use of vibrato, mostly reserved for individual expressive lines. At their best, in the first movement of K589, for instance, the Hagens give us an amazingly vivid, luminous vision of the music. And some of the boldest strokes are particularly successful; in K589’s finale the unmarked ritardando just before the modulation to D flat (track 8, 1'56") brings to the fore a sad, meditative feeling that lies behind the high spirits...[T]his is remarkable, enthralling playing...

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [2004]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lukas Hagen (Violin), Rainer Schmidt (Violin), Veronika Hagen (Viola),
Clemens Hagen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/2000 
Venue:  Minnesängersaal, Wiesloch, Palatin 
Length: 26 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 22 in B flat major, K 589 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Rainer Schmidt (Violin), Lukas Hagen (Violin), Veronika Hagen (Viola),
Clemens Hagen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/2004 
Venue:  Minnesängersaal, Wiesloch, Palatin 
Length: 23 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 23 in F major, K 590 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lukas Hagen (Violin), Rainer Schmidt (Violin), Veronika Hagen (Viola),
Clemens Hagen (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hagen String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Schloss Mondsee, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.20 in D, K.499 "Hoffmeister": 1. Allegretto
String Quartet No.20 in D, K.499 "Hoffmeister": 2. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No.20 in D, K.499 "Hoffmeister": 3. Adagio
String Quartet No.20 in D, K.499 "Hoffmeister": 4. Allegro
String Quartet No.22 in B flat, K.589 "Prussian No.2": 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.22 in B flat, K.589 "Prussian No.2": 2. Larghetto
String Quartet No.22 in B flat, K.589 "Prussian No.2": 3. Menuetto (Moderato)
String Quartet No.22 in B flat, K.589 "Prussian No.2": 4. Allegro assai
String Quartet No.23 in F, K.590 "Prussian No.3": 1. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No.23 in F, K.590 "Prussian No.3": 2. Allegretto
String Quartet No.23 in F, K.590 "Prussian No.3": 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
String Quartet No.23 in F, K.590 "Prussian No.3": 4. Allegro

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