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The Golden Age of String Quartets - Mozart & Beethoven / Windermere Quartet

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Golden Age of String Quartets is the eagerly anticipated debut CD of The Windermere String Quartet. Viewed through the prism of historically informed performance on period instruments, the canonical quartets of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven take on fresh colors as the Windermere String Quartet plays them. The CD's program features period instrument performances of celebrated and seminal works by the "big three" composers of the Classical era, including Haydn's Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 ('The Joke'), Mozart's "Dissonance" quartet (K465), and Beethoven's Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4. The Windermere String Quartet, "Toronto's masters of the genre" of period string quartets (Toronto Star), bring an insightful, deft and affectionate focus to these influential masterpieces, and the musical results are an inspired breath of fresh air.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The recording is beautifully balanced. The cello volume is well matched to the viola's, and all the instruments sound natural. These readings are intimate, but they are not "precious". They are well thought out, but they never come off as contrived or intellectualized. The playing is expressive, and the expression always seems to be divided equally by four.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/14/2010-06/17/2010).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance"
  • Ensemble: Windermere String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/14/2010-06/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 33 no 2/H 3 no 38 "Joke"
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/14/2010-06/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1781

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C minor, Op. 18 no 4
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/14/2010-06/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798-1800