Mozart - String Quartets K387 & K421, Divertimento K138 | Alpha ALPHA551

Mozart - String Quartets K387 & K421, Divertimento K138


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA551

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th October 2019



Quatuor Van Kuijk, who have "style, energy, and a sense of risk" (The Guardian), return to Mozart in their fourth recording for Alpha.

After a first disc devoted to Mozart quartets (awarded a ‘Choc de Classica’ and a ‘Diapason Découverte’), a second to French music (Debussy, Ravel and Chausson) and a third to two quartets by Schubert, nos. 10 and 14 (the mythical Death and the Maiden), the group founded by Nicolas Van Kuijk returns to its first love by recording more Mozart.

This recording is the second part of an eventual triptych that will contain the six string quartets dedicated to Haydn: no.14 in G major, K387, the first of them, was composed in 1782, when Mozart had just arrived on the Viennese musical scene; no.15 in D minor, K421, the second, is the only one in the minor mode and was completed in 1783 while his wife Constanze was in labour – she related that the rising intervals of the second movement recalled her cries from the room next door as he composed.


The performance of the finale is marvellous in its virtuosity and joyful spirit. Close and multi-mic in style, the richly coloured recording has good balance and detail.
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