Mozart: String Quartet in A major, K464; Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127

Mozart: String Quartet in A major, K464; Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127

by Amadeus Quartet
     
 

For listeners who recall with fondness the glory days of the Amadeus Quartet, the Austrian-English ensemble active from 1947 through 1987, this disc coupling Mozart's "String Quartet in A major, K. 464," with Beethoven's "String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127," from a 1956 live broadcast performance from the WDR of…  See more details below

Overview

For listeners who recall with fondness the glory days of the Amadeus Quartet, the Austrian-English ensemble active from 1947 through 1987, this disc coupling Mozart's "String Quartet in A major, K. 464," with Beethoven's "String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127," from a 1956 live broadcast performance from the WDR of Köln will be most gratefully received. For those who don't, the Amadeus' sweet, vibrato-tinged tone, cogent but comfortable tempos, and easy but intense interplay may prompt them to rush out to hear more. As were the two studio recordings of the Mozart's "A major Quartet," the Amadeus' Mozart here is supremely elegant and wholly human, while its Beethoven E flat major, like its studio Beethoven, is completely relaxed yet totally focused. But unlike the studio recordings, the Amadeus live is slightly more driven and much more concentrated and the results are performances that may for some outshine the group's studio recordings. The monaural broadcast sound here is surprisingly clean considering its vintage, though of course it cannot touch the transparent stereo sound Deutsche Grammophon gave the Amadeus in the studio.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Medici Masters
UPC:
0827565021321
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
247828

Tracks

  1. String Quartet No. 18 in A major, K. 464  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  -  Amadeus Quartet  - John Patrick
  2. String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127  - Ludwig van Beethoven  -  Amadeus Quartet  - John Patrick

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