Chiaroscuro Quartet Mozart - Mendelssohn

Mozart - Mendelssohn

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Released on January 26, 2015 by Aparté

Main artist: Chiaroscuro Quartet

Genre: Classical

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The multinational Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed in Britain, has produced unorthodox interpretations of Classical- and early Romantic-era music, using period instruments and bows, and gut strings. No one could ever accuse them of delivering the chilly sort of Mozart playing Baroque specialists so often do. If anything, they look forward in time, not back. Check out the moody, sustained playing in the first movement of the Mozart String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, for an example. It's subjective and passionate in a way that isn't normally associated with Mozart, but it's intelligently sustained throughout the work. Moreover, in several recordings this quartet has programmed Mozart's music with that of later composers in which its resonances emerge in some distinct way, and the pairing here, with Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, is especially strong. Each work broke new ground for its composer, and each set a dark emotional tinge against a prevailingly sunny musical language. The sound, recorded at the abbey of Port Royal des Champs in France, is a major plus, catching the warm sound of the instruments even as the group lays out an uncompromisingly intense vision of the music. Certainly an alternative vision of Mozart and Mendelssohn, but one well worth investigating.
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Album : 1 disk - 8 tracks Total length : 00:57:59

    Quatuor à cordes No. 15 en Ré Mineur, K 421 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  1. 1 I. Allegro moderato

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  2. 2 II. Andante

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  3. 3 III. Menuetto - Trio

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  4. 4 IV. Allegro ma non troppo

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  5. Quatuor à cordes No. 2 en La Mineur, Op. 13 (Felix Mendelssohn)
  6. 5 I. Adagio - Allegro vivace

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  7. 6 II. Adagio non lento

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  8. 7 III. Intermezzo

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

  9. 8 IV. Presto - Adagio non lento

    Chiaroscuro Quartet, Primary - Felix Mendelssohn, Composer Copyright : Aparté 2014

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  • The multinational Chiaroscuro Quartet, formed in Britain, has produced unorthodox interpretations of Classical- and early Romantic-era music, using period instruments and bows, and gut strings. No one could ever accuse them of delivering the chilly sort of Mozart playing Baroque specialists so often do. If anything, they look forward in time, not back. Check out the moody, sustained playing in the first movement of the Mozart String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, for an example. It's subjective and passionate in a way that isn't normally associated with Mozart, but it's intelligently sustained throughout the work. Moreover, in several recordings this quartet has programmed Mozart's music with that of later composers in which its resonances emerge in some distinct way, and the pairing here, with Mendelssohn's String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13, is especially strong. Each work broke new ground for its composer, and each set a dark emotional tinge against a prevailingly sunny musical language. The sound, recorded at the abbey of Port Royal des Champs in France, is a major plus, catching the warm sound of the instruments even as the group lays out an uncompromisingly intense vision of the music. Certainly an alternative vision of Mozart and Mendelssohn, but one well worth investigating.

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In 1989, Nicolas Bartholomew created Musica ISDN - which he is now detached from - a company dedicated to the recording and post-production of classical music. The company has since made hundreds of records and became, in the late 90s, one of the most prolific executive producers, serving a large number of phonographic publishers. In 1999, he founded Ambrosia - now owned by Naïve - a label he ran for ten years with enthusiasm by getting involved in the launching young talent. In 2008 he recreated the recording studio 'Little Tribeca', as well as a new label: Aparté.

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