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Mozart Dissonances: String Quartets KV 421 & 465; Divertimento KV 138 / by Quatuor Ebene

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in F major, K 138 (125c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in F major, K 138 (125c)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After their multi-award-winning Virgin Classics debut with a CD of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, a program of Brahms, and the pop-jazz collection 'Fiction', the members of the Ébène Quartet turn to works that lie close to the very origins of stringquartet writing - Mozart's so-called 'Haydn Quartets'. Composed in 1785, the set of six quartets was dedicated by Mozart to his friend and mentor Haydn, the acknowledged 'father' of the string quartet. The most famous of the set is the quartet in C major, KV 465, the 'Dissonance'. It opens with a mysterious introduction, with layered harmonies creating the dissonance that gives the quartet its distinctive nickname. It is coupled with the quartet in D minor, KV 421 (another of the 'Haydn Quartets) and the Divertimento in F major KV 138, written when Mozart was a teenager. Pierre Colombet, first violin of the Ébène Quartet explains the ensemble's approach to Mozart: "We felt that, after Fiction, it would be a good idea to choose something really very classical, essential quartet music which went back to the roots of the quartet. It is such amazing music, so rich and filled with such subtlety; completely unpretentious, yet of such genius."

"Is there a more characterful foursome than the Quatuor Ebène? Their wonderfully vivid playing here suggests not. Without being mannered or sensationalist, they disclose worlds of feeling. Just listen to the infinite variety of their phrasing in the finale of the stern D Minor Quartet, K421, as they leave the enigmatic ending hovering with a question mark." -The Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin, France (02/05/2011-02/10/2001).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Ebene
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin, France (02/05/2011-02/10/2001)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for String Quartet in F major, K 138 (125c)
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin, France (02/05/2011-02/10/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin, France (02/05/2011-02/10/2001)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785