Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

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Mozart: Piano Quartets

Mozart: Piano Quartets


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478


Emanuel Ax (piano), Isaac Stern (violin), Jaime Laredo (viola), Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

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Mozart: Chamber Music

Mozart: Chamber Music


Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

András Schiff (piano), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Elmar Schmid (clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (bassoon) & Klaus Thunemann (horn)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet


The Piano Quartets are like heavenly twins, alike on the outside but very different in tone. The G minor, like all Mozart’s works in that key, is intense, introspective and even tragic in places. The E flat is extrovert, bracing, brilliant and straightforwardly pleasurable. The present performances feature what, at first glance, is a strange match between a pianist who made his name in Hollywood and members of a quartet drawn from the archetypal central European orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic. But there was always more to André Previn than his connection with the movies implied. Born in Berlin in 1929, he already had studies in his home city and Paris behind him when he emigrated to America with his family in 1939; and it was as a brilliant prodigy that he went to Hollywood in his late teens. His work in films gave him an all-round grounding in practical musicianship and he was always a sought-after pianist in both jazz and classical circles.

The quintet in E flat, KV 452, could hardly be more different from the piano quartets. For one thing, it involves Mozart’s four favourite wind instruments, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon – he affected not to like the flute, although he wrote well enough for it. And even though a piano is involved, Mozart’s instincts for the qualities of individual instruments tell him that he has to let the winds express their idiosyncratic characters, sometimes keeping the piano out of their way. All four winds have their distinctive solos and, where possible, Mozart combines them in differing combinations against the piano. It can be a difficult work to balance but the problem is triumphantly surmounted in this recording, made in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, where the Busch, Konzerthaus and Alban Berg Quartets used to hold sway. The sessions were overseen by the legendary Decca producer Christopher Raeburn, a Mozartian to his fingertips. The great Hungarian pianist András Schiff (born 1953) was joined by four illustrious wind soloists: Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger (born 1939); his compatriot clarinettist Elmar Schmid (born 1947); Croatian horn player Radovan Vlatkovic (born 1962); and German bassoonist Klaus Thünemann (born 1937).

“Schiff and colleagues play the enchanting K452 Quintet, and André Previn impresses in the Quartets, shaping phrases with a velvet touch that tells even in the recessed piano image.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“On the surface (and only on the surface) these performances are similar to the slick, cool readings recorded by George Szell and members of the Budapest Quartet. André Previn may not yet be in Szell's league as a conductor, but here he proves himself an equally stylish and considerably more sensitive pianist. Previn's tone is purer and more finely controlled, and he is a much more intelligent ensemble player, knowing (as Szell seemed not to) how to blend with his colleagues and step out of the spotlight when the music so demands. […] These are exemplary readings, and the string players acquit themselves admirably […] Rich, close sound and flawless surfaces contribute to making this a most welcome release” Fanfare, December 1982 (Piano Quartets)

“The wind players are excellent and blend well, while the overall ensemble displays a fine unity. The balance places the piano more backwardly than usual, but no detail of Schiff’s playing is lost.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1995 (Quintet)

“I have nothing but praise for the Decca recording and the way it achieves a just and highly satisfactory balance between the piano and the strings” Gramophone Magazine, March 1982 (Piano Quartets)

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Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478


Emanuel Ax (piano), Isaac Stern (violin), Jaime Laredo (viola), Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

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Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Recordings: 1965


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


Pro Arte Piano Quartet: Lamar Crowson (piano), Kenneth Sillito (violin), Cecil Aronowitz (viola) & Terence Weil (cello)

The Pro Arte Piano Quartet was made up of leading London-based instrumentalists, many of whom also played in the Melos Ensemble of London. Pianist Lamar Crowson was, and remains, one of the great chamber music pianists of all time (and a soloist in his own right). Kenneth Sillito led, for several years, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Terence Weil was principal cellist of the English Chamber Orchestra and, like viola player Cecil Aronowitz, a founding member of the Melos Ensemble. Together they made three records for L’Oiseau-Lyre, the Decca subsidiary and they are all now issued on Decca Eloquence from Australia.

Mozart’s two piano quartets constitute two of the most important works in this genre. The first, in G minor, is full of anguish and passion, while the second, in E flat, conjures up the gentler, more romantic side of the composer’s nature – dreaminess, but with more than a touch of nobility.

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Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


“For freshness, insight and sheer beauty of tone and phrase, this new disc takes the palm … it’s pure joy” BBC Music Magazine

“It is in fact clear from the opening that this is a performance to reckon with, exemplified by its careful measured tempo, its poise and its subtle handling of the balance between strings and piano. A real winner, this disc; warmly recommended” Gramophone Magazine

“These are deeply musical performances, perceptive and satisfying, of two masterpieces” International Record Review

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Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


Rich and ripe readings of Mozart's two piano quartets from Georg Solti and the Melos Quartett, in which the conductor takes time off from his podium duties to return to the keyboard - where, in fact, his whole career began. Recorded a year apart, these readings have both thrust and warmth and are made available at budget price for the first time, and after a long period of absence from the Decca catalogue.

“The selling point here is that Sir Georg Solti is the pianist. He must have spent far more time conducting than playing the piano, but he needs few excuses for he is very able, indeed at times brilliant” Gramophone Magazine

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Mozart: Piano Quartets

Mozart: Piano Quartets


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


Daniel Isoir (fortepiano)

La Petite Symphonie

MUSO - MU010

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Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mozart: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


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Violin Masterworks

Violin Masterworks


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048

Jonathan Carney

Borodin:

String Quartet No. 2 in D major

Jonathan Carney

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Yuzuko Horigome (violin)

Yuri Simonov

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Yuzuko Horigome (violin)

Yuri Simonov

Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Jonathan Carney

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Leland Chen (violin)

Jane Glover

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Leland Chen (violin)

Jane Glover

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Jonathan Carney

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Jonathan Carney

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Jonathan Carney

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Jonathan Carney

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Jonathan Carney

Pachelbel:

Canon

Jonathan Carney

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Zino Vinnikov (violin)

Yehudi Menuhin

Sérénade Mélancolique for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, Op. 26

Zino Vinnikov (violin)

Yehudi Menuhin

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Zino Vinnikov (violin)

Yehudi Menuhin

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Jonathan Carney


Royal Philharmonic Masterworks - RPM728006

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Mozart: Piano Quartets K478 & K493

Mozart: Piano Quartets K478 & K493


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493


Quartetto Avos

OnClassical - OC91R

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