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Mozart: Quintets / Orlando Quartet & Nobuko Imai; Vertavo Quartet & Martin Frost; Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet & Stephen Hough; Ensemble Villa Musica

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  1. Mozart — String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 174: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Mozart — String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 174: II. Adagio
  3. Mozart — String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 174: III. Menuetto ma allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mozart — String Quintet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 174: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mozart — String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: I. Allegro
  6. Mozart — String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mozart — String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: III. Minuetto in canone - Trio al rovescio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mozart — String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mozart — String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515: I. Allegro
  10. Mozart — String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mozart — String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515: III. Menuetto. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mozart — String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mozart — String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593: I. Larghetto - Allegro
  14. Mozart — String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mozart — String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593: III. Menuetto. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mozart — String Quintet No. 5 in D Major, K. 593: IV. Finale. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mozart — String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: I. Allegro
  18. Mozart — String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: II. Menuetto. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mozart — String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: III. Adagio ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mozart — String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: IV. Adagio - $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mozart — String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516: IVa. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mozart — String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat Major, K. 614: I. Allegro di molto
  23. Mozart — String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat Major, K. 614: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mozart — String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat Major, K. 614: III. Menuetto. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mozart — String Quintet No. 6 in E-Flat Major, K. 614: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mozart — Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 452: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
  27. Mozart — Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 452: II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mozart — Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 452: III. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mozart — Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: I. Allegro
  30. Mozart — Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mozart — Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: III. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Mozart — Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Mozart — Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Mozart — Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Mozart — Horn Quintet in E-Flat Major, K. 407: III. Rondeau. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 1 in B flat major ("String Quintet no 1"), K. 174
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 2 in C minor ("String Quintet no 2"), K. 406 (K. 516b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 3 in C major, K 515
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 5, K 593
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 6 in E flat major ("String Quintet no 6"), K. 614
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K 407 (386c)
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mozart's string quintets, and particularly the last four (K 515, K 516, K 593 and K 614) are often cited as being among the finest examples of his chamber music. The musicologist Charles Rosen has drawn attention to the fact that the quintets always appeared shortly after the completion of a series of quartets, as if the medium represented a more ideal and final realization of the composer's musical thoughts. It is not, however, a question of quartets with a fifth, 'extra' part. Even the early K174 possesses a striking complexity, and as a group the quintets employ a great variety of textures: dialogues between two instruments with three-part accompaniment from the others, the alternation of two string trios (two violins and viola or two violas and cello), or violin duets, alongside viola duets, accompanied by the cello. The performances of these intricate masterworks by the Orlando Quartet and Nobuko Imai, have been highly regarded ever since their original releases and were for instance described as 'magisterial and gripping' on AllMusic.com. They now appear in this box set, accompanied by a fourth disc which brings together three further Mozart quintets for varying constellations: the charming Horn Quintet from 1782, the extraordinary Clarinet Quintet from seven years later and the Quintet for piano and winds which Mozart in a letter to his father in 1784 described as 'the best thing I have written so far'. Performing these works here are eminent musicians including Radovan Vlatkovic, Martin Fröst and Stephen Hough.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Here in one convenient package are excellent renditions of everything Mozart ever wrote to be played by five people. The six string quintets make up three of the discs, and the fourth contains the other quintets. All are reissues: Piano Quintet (Sept/Oct 2007, see Beethoven), String Quintets (Nov/Dec 1989), Clarinet Quintet (Mar/Apr 2004), Horn Quintet (Nov/ Dec 2004).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (01/1989/12/1989); The Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen, Germany (01/1989/12/1989); The Old Catholic Church, Delfft, The Netherlands (01/1989/12/1989); The Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/1989/12/1989); Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (02/2000); The Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen, Germany (02/2000); The Old Catholic Church, Delfft, The Netherlands (02/2000); The Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany (02/2000); Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (11/2002); The Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen, Germany (11/2002); The Old Catholic Church, Delfft, The Netherlands (11/2002); The Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany (11/2002); Nybrokajen 11 (The Former Academy of Music), Stockholm, (11/2003); The Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen, Germany (11/2003); The Old Catholic Church, Delfft, The Netherlands (11/2003); The Teldec Studio, Berlin, Germany (11/2003).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 1 in B flat major ("String Quintet no 1"), K. 174
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1773.
  • Running Time: 37 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1773

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 2 in C minor ("String Quintet no 2"), K. 406 (K. 516b)
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Vertavo Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1787.
  • Running Time: 28 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 3 in C major, K 515
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 36 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 5, K 593
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 33 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas & cello no 6 in E flat major ("String Quintet no 6"), K. 614
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Viola)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1791.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 24 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1784

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
  • Performer: Martin Frost (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1789

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K 407 (386c)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1782