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Mozart: String Quartets K465 'Dissonance' & K499 ' Hoffmeister'

Belcea Quartet, Le Quatuor Audio CD

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Listen  1. String Quartet in C Major, K.465 'Dissonance': I. Adagio - Allegro14:07Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet in C Major, K.465 'Dissonance': II. Andante cantabile 7:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet in C Major, K.465 'Dissonance': III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet in C Major, K.465 'Dissonance': IV. Allegro molto10:26Album Only
Listen  5. String Quartet in D Major, K.499 (Hoffmeister): I. Allegretto13:26Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet in D Major, K.499 (Hoffmeister): II. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. String Quartet in D Major, K.499 (Hoffmeister): III. Adagio 8:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet in D Major, K.499 (Hoffmeister): IV. Allegro 8:470.99  Buy MP3 

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The 'Dissonance Quartet' is one of only two Mozart wrote with a slow introduction, an unsettling sequence that slips and slithers around, without ever alighting on a comfortable key.

It's where the nickname's from, and it's also the key to any fine performance; do you exercise classical restraint and let Mozart's chromatic writing speak for itself, or do you wring every last expressive drop from this extraordinary opening?

The Belcea Quartet pitches itself somewhere between these two extremes, favouring restraint over excess, but so intelligently that you don't for a moment question their approach.

The Belceaseffortlessly recall the dark colours of the opening in Mozart's deliciously melodious Andante second movement; the precision and carefully controlled attack in the Minuet still allows for warmth, and the wit in the finale sparkles against the dark velvet textures that haunt the whole work, and this performance.

Mozarts 'Hoffmeister' Quartet is a lovely companion, with its simpler beauty and elegance delicately captured in a restrained performance that reflects the same care and musicality.

Intonation is immaculate, and the recording draws attention only to the quality of the performances, and never to itself.

One of the best new Mozart recordings for his 250th anniversary year, and it doesn't feel like I'm sticking my neck out even as I write this with 8 months left to run...

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 'Dissonant" Quartet, unsuccessful k. 499 24 Feb 2011
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Belcea Quartet was formed in 1994 in London by violinist Corina Belcea-Fisher and has been receiving positive critical attention in recent years through live performances and their EMI recordings. Curious about the buzz, I bought this CD as my first experience with the ensemble, mainly because it includes one of my favorite pieces, Mozart's great D-major quartet, k. 499, the "Hoffmeister."

I have been searching for the perfect interpretation of the "Hoffmeister" for a while now and I'm afraid that this disc doesn't put paid to the quest. The Belcea quartet plays with limited expressivity and dynamic range. Everything is a little off. My favorite "Hoffmeister" recording remains the Alban Berg Quartet worthy, but not really outstanding, effort. The Belcea does easily better the wooden recording by the Salomon Quartet, however.

But this disc is a winner, because the k. 465 C-major "Dissonant" quartet receives just a beautiful performance. I have several recordings of this work and the Belcea immediately became my favorite. While the Belcea qt seems to favor a more buttoned-down style of interpretation, based on this release, the players seem involved and genuinely excited - in a restrained Brit way -- to be playing the work. It has really nice flow, the intonation is almost perfect and the whole CD's sonics are very good. I'm looking forward to the next time I spin this disc.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, well played 22 Mar 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The booklet note says that the Alban Berg Quartet, among others, coached the young members of the Belcea Quartet, so I thought it appropriate to play the Alban Berg group's rendition of K465 on Teldec for comparison. The performances are remarkably alike, aside from the matter of repeats. Both ensembles take the work at moderate tempos, never too fast or awkward, never too broadly expansive. However, I favored the Berg rendition best, so....

John J. Puccio
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