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Mozart: Oboe & Strings
Utrecht String Quartet & Pauline Oostenrijk

Mozart: Oboe & Strings

1CD | Cobra | 8713897900514 | COBRA 0007 | 09-03

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About the album

Mozart composed his Oboe Quartet K 370 in 1781 for the young Mannheim oboist Friedrich Ramm, whilst putting the final touches to his opera 'Idomeneo'. In effect, the Quartet can be called a chamber concerto, with wonderful sunny melodies and amazingly virtuosic passages for the oboe. The second movement is, in its compactness, a miracle of melancholy. The flamboyant and sometimes dazzling finale brings rhythmic surprise when Mozart switches the 6/8 bar to common time in the solo voice, while the strings maintain the original rhythm.

The Quintet K 406/ K 388 can be called an opera without words. The unique operatic line that guides performers and listeners through the quintet displays multiple characters found also in his operas, and we can almost grasp the different personalities. It was Mozart himself who arranged his Serenade for wind octet K 388 (written in 1782) for string quintet (K 406) in 1788.  The violin part in the quintet version being almost identical to the principal oboe part in the octet, the idea came about to make an arrangement for oboe and string quartet. The result is remarkable. Some reviews even mention that the arrrangement has more dramatic impact than the string version.

It's hardly imaginable that Mozart wrote the first three movements of his String Quartet in G - major K 80 in one day, at the age of 14. (The last movement was added in 1772.) The young Mozart was on tour with his father in Italy, and the quartet shows that Mozart was very much inspired by the style of the Italian composer G.B.Sammartini, who was a leading musical figure in Milan at the time. The concertisting character of the two interacting violin parts, the most charming mood of the opening 'Andante' and the elegant gestures of the 'Rondeau' are irresistable.

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