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New CD of the Week | Emerson String Quartet / Mozart: Prussian Quartets
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For its debut album on Sony Classical, the The Emerson String Quartet has selected Mozart’s last three string quartets, the “Prussian” quartets. Having recorded Mozart’s Haydn Quartets as well as the flute quartets, the Emerson have long desired to add more Mozart to their repertoire. This new album sees them recording Mozart quartets for the first time in 20 years.
The Emerson Quartet says: “In playing Mozart, we always strive for elegance, beauty and style. In the purely melodic passages, we try to imitate the human voice, ranging from the most intimate pianissimo to a full sonority when appropriate. Mozart has played an important role in our concert repertoire, and we felt that it was time to add more of this wonderful and challenging music to our discography.”
Mozart's three last string quartets, written in 1789 and 1790 after a visit to the royal court in Berlin, were commissioned by the King of Prussia. The King himself played the cello and accordingly, Mozart set out to provide the cello with an especially prominent part. "These, Mozart's last quartets, represent the distillation of a lifetime of writing for string instruments in various combinations and genres."
Watch a video about The Emerson String Quartet and Mozart's "Prussian" Quartets here.
See previous CDs of the Week here.