Mozart - Piano Quartets
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Label: Challenge Classics
Cat No: CC72758
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 13th October 2017
WorksPiano Quartet no.1 in G minor, K478
Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major, K493
ArtistsKuijken Piano Quartet
The two piano quartets, composed in 1785 and 1786, are all-encompassing – the appeal of a piano concerto in miniature on the one hand, and the mystery and intimacy of the most heavenly chamber music on the other. Mozart created this genre practically from scratch. Indeed, his treatment of these four instruments as equal partners was unheard of in his day.
Writing in the booklet, pianist Veronica Kuijken comments: “The silence, both empty silence and full silence, I experience in the slow movement of the second piano quartet, is like a balm, while the intense power of expression of both opening movements leaves me speechless.”
Cellist Michel Boulanger, who has previously appeared with the Kuijkens on a disc of Schubert’s masterful String Quintet (CC72647), now joins the Kuijken Piano Quartet for this fresh and eloquent Mozart recording in place of Wieland Kuijken.
Kuijken Piano Quartet:
- Veronica Kuijken (fortepiano)
- Sigiswald Kuijken (violin)
- Sara Kuijken (viola)
- Michel Boulanger (cello)
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