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Mozart: The "Haydn" Quartets / Emerson String Quartet


Release Date: 04/13/2009 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431797   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A fresh hearing reminds one of the delight the Emerson seem to take in invoking Mozart's sense of respectful care as he sent his "sons out into the world", entrusting them to the protection and guidance of their musical godfather, Haydn.

From what we know to be Mozart's long and laborious work on these quartets, the Emerson painstakingly re-create a sombre, almost cautious setting out of material at the start of K428. And from the lively motivic conversation which ensues, they burst into playing of real joie de vivre as if realizing, with the composer, just what could be achieved. They take palpable pleasure, too, in the testing and tasting of sonorities in the Andante. A masterly turning of each bar's six
Read more quavers eases the material through the odd chromatic knot and back into close, even-grained writing.

In K464 the Emerson, with Mozart, pay sturdy tribute not only to Haydn but to the muse of Terpsichore, in the keen contrapuntal debates of two minuets and in an Andante whose variations make light, airy play over the ever-springing steps of its gavotte."

-- Gramophone [12/1994]
Review of later reissue, DG 439914
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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:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Plenarsaal, Akad d Wissenschaft, Munich 
Length: 29 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 26 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Plenarsaal, Akad d Wissenschaft, Munich 
Length: 27 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 23 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 31 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, German Radio, Cologne 
Length: 30 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Rondo for String Quartet in A major, K Anh. 72 (464a) [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1990 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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