Recorded at the Mozarteum, Grosser Saal, Vienna, 26 January 1998
DVD Video - 2 discs
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“By far the most compelling interpretation of Mozart’s string quartets comes from Salzburg: there is scarcely any other group that is capable of covering the vast stylistic range of these works as convincingly and as vitally as the Hagen Quartett. The result is a recording that should still be valid in thirty years’ time.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung
DVD of the Month ***** stars
“There are few ensembles that could get anywhere near the exaulted level of artistry sustained by the Hagen Quartet… For a combination of tonal beauty, flawless intonation, unanimity of execution and supremely
natural phrasing, it is difficult to imagine these works being better played, especially 'live'. The Hagen Quartet proves especially persuasive in the profound singability of No. 16. The magical Andante possesses a Schubertian sensuality and the Menuetto has just
the right degree of pleasant high spirits in its gait. The finale's abrupt dynamic changes and sudden pauses in the heavenly floe of good-humoured merry-making are also negotiated with infectious ease and bonhomie. No less impressive is the way the players rejoice in
the exuberant instrumental interplay of the 'Hunt' Quartet's opening movement and then perfectly capture the spiritual wonderment of the Adagio. In fact, choose any one of the six masterworks presented on this remarkable set and you will be rewarded with music-making of the highest
calibre, captured in stunning sound with commendably undistracting camerawork. A stunning achievement by all concerned.”
“These are beautifully alive and sensitively phrased performances that give much pleasure.”
“The performances abound with the joy of musicians who have recently discovered masterpieces… The visual aspect displays unanimity gained from the players' close attention to each other and shows the
immaculate bowing technique that creates the quartet's combined beauty of tone…this DVD is fervently recommended”
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