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Mozart: String Quartets /Quatuor Mosa´ques [Box set]

Quatuor Mosaiques , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Erich H÷barth , Andrea Bischof , Anita Mitterer , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B0000CNTK4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro vivace assai
2. Menuetto. Allegro
3. Andante Cantabile
4. Molto allegro
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Disc: 2
1. Allegro vivace assai
2. Menuetto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro Assai
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Disc: 3
1. Allegro
2. Menuetto
3. Andante
4. Allegro non troppo
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Disc: 4
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro Assai
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Disc: 5
1. Allegretto
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Allegretto
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Renewal 31 Aug 2009
By HCW
I've never before thought it worth the time--mine or yours--to review CDs I've bought; but I must say that these five CDs have brought me more pleasure than almost any recordings I've bought in years. I've played the cello off and on for almost fifty years, now, and certainly thought I knew all of the moves in these quartets. Yet the playing here is so fresh, loving and so vividly recorded that I've fallen in love with these quartets all over again. I try to imagine the hard-hearted snob that would find fault with these performances, and I fail.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such precise and beautiful playing 14 Feb 2008
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I am absoulutely delighted with this set of 5 CDs. The Quatuor Mosa´ques play with such finesse, precision, emotion and care that every note is wonderful to the ear. I have listened through them from start to finish several times and can say I can't find a single fault with these wonderful renditions of Mozart's late quartets; they are recordings of which I suspect I will never tire!
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miraculous 17 Nov 2007
I have listened to just one CD by Quatuor Mosa´ques: Mozart's String Quartets No. 16 (in E-flat Major, K. 428) and No. 17 (in B flat Major, K. 458, also know as "The Hunt"). The Adagio from The Hunt is miraculously beautiful.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart on original instruments. 19 Dec 2006
By Peter Khan - Published on Amazon.com
This is a superb recording. The Quatuor Mosa´ques is one of the finest quartets in the world. Their intonation is spectacular, and achieved without the crutch of constant vibrato. Their performances are stylistically informed, but never pedantic. Above all, though, their musicality, thorough understanding of the music, and ability to shape each piece dramatically without falling into Romantic excess are what place them a notch or two above any other original instrument quartet (and practically every other quartet as well).

Please give them a try and help spread the word (their Haydn recordings are also breathtaking.)
19 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Disappointing and Unsatisfying 14 Jun 2009
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
These CDs are blessed with stunningly clear sound, every strand of the music being audible as it's being played, and the Quatour Mosaiques perform with great technical ability. But, for me, the music very rarely takes flight. One of the reasons for this is the slow tempi that have been used for the allegro movements. For example, the allegro of the first movement of the Bb quartet K454 sometimes falters to the point of complete stasis, something which is common to nearly all the fast movements. Instead of flowing the music seems to lumber along from one beautifully played phrase to the next with little sense of purpose or forward momentum. The final movement of the Eb quartet K428 is plagued with a similar problem as the Mosaiques don't seem capable of discovering a true pulse for each work. A similar problem affects the often deeply expressive slow movements. There is just no 'thread' that goes through from the first bar to the last. As a consequence the music is completely drained of much of its life, vitality and power. I'm a big fan of Mozart played on period instruments, and the sound of these particular instruments is fantastic. It's just a shame that the interpretative qualities don't live up to the sonic qualities. Therefore I would recommend the Alban Berg recordings (on Teldec, NOT the EMI ones) of all Mozart's late quartets. These aren't without problems (for example they sometimes don't obey important repeats e.g. in the first movement of K499 or the polyphonic finale of K590) but overall they offer much more musical, enthralling and satisfactory interpretations.
5.0 out of 5 stars marketplace prices = ridiculous 25 Feb 2014
By The smiley face on Amazon means A to Z -- CRAZY! - Published on Amazon.com
PRESTO! An amazing box set by a fantastic group, production is excellent and sounds great as any CLASSICAL album for even the upper echelon Hi-Fi systems. I believe a UK website has this for download in 320kb mp3 or flac for a much more sensible price. QUATUOR MOSAIQUES is a fantastic group, their MOZART collection is one of their best.

For some reason these are as rare on cd as unobtainium so if you do a web search of what's in caps above, in order, you'll find said sensibly-priced site available for download in great price.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miraculous 28 Oct 2007
By Alojz Kajinic - Published on Amazon.com
I have listened to just one CD by Quatuor Mosa´ques: Mozart's String Quartets No. 16 (in E-flat Major, K. 428) and No. 17 (in B flat Major, K. 458, also know as "The Hunt"). The Adagio from The Hunt is miraculously beautiful.
19 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Mozart 6 May 2008
By Porat Y C Jacobson - Published on Amazon.com
I am finding it extremely difficult to "enter" these interpretations - it just doesn't sound like Mozart to me. There is little spontaneity, the playing is stiff and contrived.
Courtly grace seems more appropriate to Haydn - and indeed the Haydn's Opus 33 recording by Q. Mosaiques, which I have, is very beautiful (I don't think Haydn playing could get any better) - but with Mozart, at least to me, they miss the lightness of step required to bring these works to life.
I am disappointed - I still feel the need to buy other interpretations for greater access to these quartets. This group (Q Mosaiques) has a cult following - and although their followers insist that they are "correct" and "accurate", I would say that perhaps they are predominantly "academic", which sometimes results in inauthentic-sounding performances - like these.
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