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W.A. Mozart - The Prussian Quartets

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Catalogue numberBIS-2558 SACD
Release date2022-11-04
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time86:53

After their exciting interpretations of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, the Chiaroscuro Quartet now turns to Mozart’s Prussian Quartets, his last compositions for this formation. These quartets were written for Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia and amateur cellist, and offer that instrument an unusually prominent role. The first of the three was composed fairly quickly, in June 1789, but the next two were not completed until the following year, and in the end Mozart’s plan for a set of six came to nothing.
The writing of quartets was never an easy matter for Mozart. However, one would hardly guess that the Prussian quartets were the product of ‘exhausting labour’ (his own words), such is their beguiling ease of workmanship. No. 21 in D major stands out as one of the most melodious chamber compositions of Mozart’s mature period, emanating something of the sensual Mediterranean warmth of the opera Così fan tutte composed shortly afterwards. No. 22 in B flat major also emphasises the importance of melody and gives the ‘royal’ cello some beautiful solos. As for No. 23 in F major, while it is tempting to hear a melancholy, autumnal quality in Mozart’s later works, there is, however, no sense of farewell in this his final string quartet: the spirit of Haydn is everywhere, especially in the finale with its effects borrowed from Hungarian folklore.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
  String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K 575 22:18
01 I. Allegretto 07:40 $ 1.89 USD
02 II. Andante 04:10 $ 1.03 USD
03 III. Menuetto 04:40 $ 1.13 USD
04 IV. Allegretto 05:48 $ 1.46 USD
  String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, K 589 24:49
05 I. Allegro 08:46 $ 2.14 USD
06 II. Larghetto 06:05 $ 1.48 USD
07 III. Menuetto 06:09 $ 1.49 USD
08 IV. Allegro assai 03:49 $ 0.98 USD
  String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K 590 37:32
09 I. Allegro moderato 12:39 $ 3.08 USD
10 II. Andante 10:56 $ 2.66 USD
11 III. Menuetto 03:14 $ 0.80 USD
12 IV. Allegro 10:43 $ 2.70 USD
  Album total 86:53
ComposerMozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
String quartetChiaroscuro Quartet

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