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Mozart: String Quartets K 157, 458 & 589

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C major, K 157
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 22 in B flat major, K 589
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Notes & Reviews:

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet...Highlights? The finesse of phrasing in K458’s minuet; the exquisite tone of the ensemble’s cello (formerly played by the great Jacqueline du Pré); and the slow movements that reach ever deeper into Mozart’s heart.”-The Times

After two widely acclaimed Haydn releases, the Jerusalem Quartet now logically turns to an exploration of Mozart and three distinct periods in his creative life. Haydn is not totally absent from this recording, since the central quartet belongs to the glorious group of six which Mozart, now firmly established in Vienna, dedicated to his elder in 1785. Twelve years earlier, the teenage composer was still amusing himself with the Sammartinian model in the third of his ‘Milanese’ Quartets. And four years after the ‘Haydn’ set, Mozart abandoned the divertimento style once and for all, presenting in the second of the ‘Prussian’ Quartets a score that radically renewed the practice of chamber music.

“A commanding group: virtuosic and stylish.” — INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

BBC Music Magazine
Tempos [in K157] are admirably judged and the interaction between each individual line sounds totally natural...The Jerusalem Quartet's approach, balancing full-blooded tone with exemplary contrapuntal clarity and a sure sense of structural direction, brings even greater musical dividends in the two mature quartets.

Gramophone Magazine
These artists aren't stratified. Bowing varies from precise attack to breathy delicacy; and lines are supple, contoured through flexure of phrase and the easing or tightening of pace without ever disrupting pulse. Sound and balance throughout is realistic

Classic FM Magazine
Four superb musicians playing much in the Russian/central European tradition of full-blooded beauty of tone, they're well matched and evidently comfortable together in a close-knit ensemble. Their fine balance, musical 'discussion' between players and evident passion for the music are all top-notch.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio, Berlin (02/2010).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C major, K 157
  • Notes: Composition written: 1772.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt"
  • Running Time: 32 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 22 in B flat major, K 589
  • Notes: Composition written: 1790.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1790