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  • Audio CD (28 April 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ3E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Quartet in G minor K478
2. Piano Quartet in E flat major K493

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For freshness, insight and sheer beauty of tone and phrase, this new disc takes the palm it's pure joy. --BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

These are deeply musical performances, perceptive and satisfying, of two masterpieces. --INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic disc, I think. It is chamber music playing at its finest in two masterpieces of the repertoire, and was chosen by Hyperion as one of its "Thirty Seminal Recordings" to mark the label's 30th birthday. It fully deserves the accolade.

Mozart's two piano quartets are fabulous works. They are intricate and complex in places and also have a delightful joy and beauty about them. I think they are among Mozart's finest works, and this is the recording which finally opened them up fully for me.

Paul Lewis and the Leopold String Trio are now players of true international standing and even in 2003 when this was recorded they had established themselves in the front rank of chamber playing. They all have that effortless virtuosity which allows the music to shine rather than focusing attention on the skill of the player and there is a fine understanding between them. The whole thing has a wonderful balance and poise, and also a lovely grace and elegance about it so that you are drawn into Mozart's magnificent music and carried along with it. I absolutely love it: it is four superb musicians putting themselves wholly at the service of the music and relishing both it and the experience of playing together.

I don't mean to gush, but I truly think that this is an exceptional recording. Hyperion's recorded sound is up to their normal excellent standard (Kate Gould's cello sounds wonderful!) and the notes are interesting and well-written. Don't hesitate - this is a fantastic disc and very warmly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L on 28 Sept. 2013
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Bought this for my husband who is an avid Mozart fan. He is absolutely loving it and keeps playing it. The sound quality is fantastic. If you like Mozart, try this.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Splendid 29 May 2004
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With this splendid recording, Paul Lewis continues to move fruther from under the shadow of his mentor, Alfred Brendel. While Brendel is considered today's most esteemed Mozart player, Lewis shows a special affinity for Mozart that might surpass his famous teacher in sympathy and lucidity. The collaboration of Lewis and the Leopold String Trio here sounds more like two players than four -- Lewis and the trio. When one is dominant, the other moves to the background. Lewis is clearly the star of this recording and the trio makes way for him when the piano carries the tune. This is very different than the more democratically homogenous performance of these works by the Beaux Arts Trio, which is considered by most critics to be the best modern version of this music. Another difference is the level of intimacy projected by Lewis and the members of the trio (none of whom are named Leopold, by the way.) When a single string player accompanies the piano, it seems to the listener she is playing only for you. Perhaps this is because the Leopold Trio's violinist and cellist are women? Whatever the reason, all four members are able to explode in forte when the score calls for it, such as in the return of the opening theme of the K. 493 quartet while never brutalizing the music. The sound on this 2002 recording is good but not the best we have come to expect in the new century. The clarity is inferior to the still wonderful-sounding Beaux Arts recording on Philips. That may be a consideration for audiophiles but it should not deter music lovers that want to hear Mozart played this sympathetically. The 2003-04 Penguin Guide update lists this recording with the best available versions of this music. I'm certain subsequent reprints of Third Ear and the Rough Guide will do the same.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
mature Mozart, very well played 22 May 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first encountered these quartets (from 1785-86) in George Szell's performances with members of the Budapest Quartet, and when I got done admiring Szell's performance, I realized how engaging and beautiful the music was. That was in my old vinyl days. Now here is probably the best-sounding performance currently available, and if I have one quibble with it, it is that the piano is just a bit more in the foreground than I ideally like in such chamber music. In the Florestan Trio's recordings, I think the balance is just right, and here Paul Lewis is just that bit more prominent than Susan Tomes typically is. That's not a big deal, though. Lewis plays with great subtlety of dynamic control and (even without resort to the pedal) with marvelous tonal resource too, so that the music is always alive and interesting. He literally does not make an ugly sound here -- a credit to him and to the Hyperion recording team. The Leopold players are also excellent, and even their slight recessing of sound doesn't mean that we can't hear clearly all their contributions. The interaction of all players is what's delightful here, and in the slow movements particularly there is much to enjoy in the give and take among the instruments. Listeners who find the modern instruments too juicy for this music (and I'm not one of them) might try Malcolm Bilson's excellent fortepiano recording on DGG Archive. For the rest of us, this will do very well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Simply fantastic 14 May 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic disc, I think. It is chamber music playing at its finest in two masterpieces of the repertoire, and was chosen by Hyperion as one of its "Thirty Seminal Recordings" to mark the label's 30th birthday. It fully deserves the accolade.

Mozart's two piano quartets are fabulous works. They are intricate and complex in places and also have a delightful joy and beauty about them. I think they are among Mozart's finest works, and this is the recording which finally opened them up fully for me.

Paul Lewis and the Leopold String Trio are now players of true international standing and even in 2003 when this was recorded they had established themselves in the front rank of chamber playing. They all have that effortless virtuosity which allows the music to shine rather than focusing attention on the skill of the player and there is a fine understanding between them. The whole thing has a wonderful balance and poise, and also a lovely grace and elegance about it so that you are drawn into Mozart's magnificent music and carried along with it. I absolutely love it: it is four superb musicians putting themselves wholly at the service of the music and relishing both it and the experience of playing together.

I don't mean to gush, but I truly think that this is an exceptional recording. Hyperion's recorded sound is up to their normal excellent standard (Kate Gould's cello sounds wonderful!) and the notes are interesting and well-written. Don't hesitate – this is a fantastic disc and very warmly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jean Gebser 20 May 2013
By Jean Gebser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the best recordings of this Mozart masterpieces. Listen very carefully the Andante (track 2) of the Piano Quartet in G minor K478 and the Larghetto (track 5) of the Piano Quartet in E flat major K493 and you will immediately be in other dimension.
Mozart: Piano Quartets 6 Nov. 2013
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mozart: Piano Quartets is a 2002 Hyperion Records recording starring pianist Paul Lewis and The Leopold String. I very much liked this recording and I highly recommend it. 5/5.
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