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Mozart: Flute Quartets / Galway, Tokyo String Quartet


Release Date: 06/25/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60442   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kikuei IkedaKazuhide IsomuraJames GalwaySadao Harada,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

According to Roger Lustig's well-researched programme notes, Mozart's self-declared dislike for the flute says more about the circumstances surrounding the composition of his works for the instrument than it does about any real hatred for the instrument itself. Furthermore, the performances of the Flute Quartets by James Galway and the Tokyo Quartet, here under review, speak equally eloquently for Mozart's evident care in their composition—this despite Hans Keller's dismissal of them.

The first two quartets, K285 and K285a were written in 1776/7 for the Dutch nobleman Dejean. The playing here is full of Mozartian grace and sensuous melodiousness. At the beginning of the possibly inauthentic C major Quartet, K285b, Galway
Read more achieves a delightful liquid quality. The later Quartet, K298 is more substantial and draws playing of haunting intensity from Galway and the Tokyo. The slow tempo of this Quartet's second movement is slower than in the Bennett/Grumiaux version on Philips whose performance has a much more jaunty feel to it. Galway's disc is rounded off with his own arrangement of the Oboe Quartet, K370, whose sumptuous slow movement and elegant finale make this an attractive added bonus. One minor reservation: it is useful to have individual variations separately tracked (K285b.2 and K298.1) but, in the earlier Quartet, there is an annoying click on my disc as the tracks change.

The principal difference between the Galway/ Tokyo and the Bennett/Grumiaux versions reflects the recordings and the circumstances surrounding them. Galway's choice of slower tempos might well have been conditioned, at least in part, by the spacious church acoustic in which it was recorded. The Bennett/Grumiaux was recorded in 1969, but the digital transfer is excellent. These are both fine discs, so choice will be determined by personal taste.'

-- Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Flute and Strings no 1 in D major, K 285 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kikuei Ikeda (Violin), Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), James Galway (Flute),
Sadao Harada (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1991 
Venue:  Church of Seon, Switzerland 
Length: 14 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Flute and Strings no 2 in G major, K 285a by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kikuei Ikeda (Violin), Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), Sadao Harada (Cello),
James Galway (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1991 
Venue:  Church of Seon, Switzerland 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Flute and Strings no 3 in C major, K Anh. 171 (285b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sadao Harada (Cello), James Galway (Flute), Kikuei Ikeda (Violin),
Kazuhide Isomura (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1991 
Venue:  Church of Seon, Switzerland 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Flute and Strings no 4 in A major, K 298 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), Sadao Harada (Cello), James Galway (Flute),
Peter Oundjian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1991 
Venue:  Church of Seon, Switzerland 
Length: 11 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Sadao Harada (Cello), Kazuhide Isomura (Viola), James Galway (Flute),
Peter Oundjian (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1991 
Venue:  Church of Seon, Switzerland 
Length: 14 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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