Mozart Piano Quartet – Mozart: Piano Quartets (2009)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 66:36 minutes | F/B Covers | 3,49 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | F/B Covers | 1,11 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound | MDG # 943 1579-6
The Mozart Piano Quintet was founded in 2000 and has been catapulted to the top echelon of the international music world. Their previous recordings on MDG have all been well received. This recording is one of MDG’s best 2+2+2 recordings & all details are clearly audible with a placing of the listener in the best seat of a very fine chamber hall. Enthusiastically recommended.
Today Mozart’s piano quartets (KV 478 and KV 493) rank not only as the highlights of his piano oeuvre but also as the founding documents of this musical genre. No doubt about it: these works offer the Mozart Piano Quartet a special opportunity for paying homage to their musical patron in the best MDG quality. Two hundred years ago, however, the public and press found such music difficult to grasp.
During the second half of the eighteenth century piano chamber music either was extremely easy, that is, was intended for amateurs, or involved virtuoso works in which the strings served merely to accompany the pianist’s brilliant keyboard display. Mozart developed a “new style.” He significantly upgraded the parts of the string instrumentalists, suddenly making them the pianist’s equal partners.
The G minor quartet was particularly difficult for the public to digest. The stormy and richly contrastive beginning was an initial source of irritation, and then Mozart presented the foundational ideas of his composition with an intensity rare even in Beethoven. Then came the rondo with its confusing panoply of themes. The E flat major quartet made a much more favorable impression, but the publisher Hoffmeister did not find it easy to market. It had been agreed that Mozart was to write a third piano quartet, but his publisher then said he could wait on it.
Within the shortest time the Mozart Piano Quintet, founded in 2000, has been catapulted to the top echelon of the international music world. This is hardly surprising inasmuch as four international soloists and finalists and first-prize winners at many international competitions form its instrumental lineup: Paul Rivinius (piano), Mark Gothoni (violin), Hartmut Rohde (viola), and Peter Hörr (violoncello). Their interest in new repertoire makes them an ideal MDG partner.
01. Quartet KV 478 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in G minor – Allegro
02. Quartet KV 478 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in G minor – Andante
03. Quartet KV 478 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in G minor – Rondo. Allegro moderato
04. Quartet KV 493 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in E flat major – Allegro
05. Quartet KV 493 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in E flat major – Larghetto
06. Quartet KV 493 for Piano, Violin, Viola and Violoncello in E flat major – Allegretto