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The Guarneri Quartet Plays Mozart Quartets & Quintets

Mozart / Guarneri Quartet
Release Date: 08/07/2012 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 1918042   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ida KavafianSteven TenenbomKim Kashkashian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 the
Read 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."

-- A.S., Gramophone [9/1988]
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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:  Guarneri 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:  Guarneri 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:  Guarneri 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:  Guarneri 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:  Guarneri 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:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 1 in B flat major, K 174 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ida Kavafian (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Salzburg, Austria 
8.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Steven Tenenbom (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 3 in C major, K 515 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ida Kavafian (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 6 in E flat major, K 614 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ida Kavafian (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 2 in C minor, K 406 (516b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 5 in D major, K 593 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Steven Tenenbom (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guarneri String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent!! October 23, 2014 By 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
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