Mozart - String Quintets K515 & K516 | Alpha ALPHA587

Mozart - String Quintets K515 & K516


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA587

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 25th September 2020



As in its Schubert recording in 2018, the Quatuor Van Kuijk likes to delve into a composer’s youthful output and then measure his evolution by confronting it with his mature works. Hence, after recording two of Mozart’s early string quartets in 2016, the French group, here joined by violist Adrien La Marca, voted ‘Revelation’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2014, now offers the String Quintets K515 and K516. These two large-scale works dominate Mozart’s instrumental output in the year 1787, which ended with the premiere of Don Giovanni. They show us a composer at the height of his creative powers, in a genre to which he had not returned for fourteen years and which he here brought to a high degree of formal perfection.


If the two string quintets K515 and K516 – written at almost the same time – embody the two emotional extremes of the mature Mozartian universe, this new recording by the Quatuor Van Kuijk, plus the viola player Adrian La Marca, goes as far as any I’ve heard to demonstrate that miracle in action. ... It all sounds so fresh, so warm, so unanimous – in short, so right.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone Awards 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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