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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Amadeus Quartet

Mozart Chamber Music 10 CD

  • Type CD
  • Label Diapason
  • UPC 3770003441908
  • Catalog number DIAP 01
  • Release date 22 January 2016
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About the album

Bring together eight or ten CDs of most of Mozart’s chamber music in a boxed set? Schubert’s piano music? Chopin’s? Dvorak’s? Debussy’s? The Beethoven symphonies? The idea is certainly not new. But the unusual method definitely is. This time it isn’t a record company delving more or less carefully through its archives, choosing performances to form a vast panorama, one that inevitably results in compromises, since the company must select from its own catalogue. In our case, the entire Diapason magazine team is part of the project, searching high and low for the crème de la crème. The same uncompromising rigour we use to select five, six or seven gems from the flood of new record- ings each month was put into practice here, to create a series that, one boxed set after another, will gradually build an unprecedented ideal record library. Let it be understood that such teamwork is both a virtue and a necessity. We don’t rely on hazy memories or include recordings thought to be definitive merely out of habit or laziness; we make sure that everyone’s memory is refreshed through comparative listening. Each of the selections in the set is the result of patient and scrupulous listening, divided amongst the more than 30 specialists of the Diapason team. When necessary, we base our criteria on rarity: this helps to choose between top performances—and gives us the perfect chance to bring some forgotten treasures to light. Should we have chosen homogeneous groups, bet on a single interpreter, for example the marvellous and imitable Horszowski and Szigeti for Mozart’s violin and piano sonatas? We decided to go in the opposite direction for three reasons: to avoid competing with record companies that may still have this rendition in their catalogues; to lessen the risk of including a version that many people already own; and particularly, to showcase a variety of different approaches to the same composer by confronting one against the other. This can be cruel when a version is mediocre or merely pretty. But at this level of excellence, it will always be fascinating. 

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor KV 304 I. Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor KV 304 II. Tempo di menuetto
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 380 I. Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 380 II. Andante con moto
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 380 III. Rondo (Allegro)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 378 I. Allegro moderato
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 378 II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 378 III. Rondo (Allegro)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 454 I. Largo - Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 454 II. Andante
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in B Flat Major KV 454 III. Rondo (Allegretto)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 376 I. Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 376 II. Andante
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 376 III. Rondo (Allegretto grazioso)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major KV 379 I. Adagio
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major KV 379 II. Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major KV 379 III. Tema con variazioni (Andantino cantabile)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 481 I. Molto allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 481 II. Adagio
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat Major KV 481 III. Allegretto con variazioni
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major KV 526 I. Molto allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major KV 526 II. Andante
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major KV 526 III. Presto
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major KV 296 I. Allegro vivace
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major KV 296 II. Andante sostenuto
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major KV 296 III. Rondo (Allegro)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 377 I. Allegro
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 377 II. Andante (Tema con variazioni)
     
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    Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major KV 377 III. Tempo di menuetto (Un poco allegretto)
     
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    Piano Trio in G Major KV 496 I. Allegro
     
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    Piano Trio in G Major KV 496 II. Andante
     
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    Piano Trio in G Major KV 496 III. Allegro con variazioni
     
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    Piano Trio in C Major KV 548 I. Allegro
     
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    Piano Trio in C Major KV 548 II. Andante cantabile
     
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    Piano Trio in C Major KV 548 III. Allegro
     
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    Piano Trio in B Flat Major KV 502 I. Allegro
     
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    Piano Trio in B Flat Major KV 502 II. Larghetto
     
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    Piano Trio in B Flat Major KV 502 III. Allegretto
     
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    Piano Trio in E Major KV 542 I. Allegro
     
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    Piano Trio in E Major KV 542 II. Andante grazioso
     
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    Piano Trio in E Major KV 542 III. Allegro
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 I. Allegro
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 II. Adagio
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 IV. Andante
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 V. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    “Puchberg” Divertimento in E Flat Major KV 563 VI. Rondo (Allegro)
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major KV 493 I. Allegro
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major KV 493 II. Larghetto
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major KV 493 III. Allegretto
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor KV 478 I. Allegro
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor KV 478 II. Andante
     
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    Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor KV 478 III. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
     
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    String Quartet in D Major KV 575 I. Allegretto
     
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    String Quartet in D Major KV 575 II. Andante
     
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    String Quartet in D Major KV 575 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    String Quartet in D Major KV 575 IV. Allegretto
     
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    String Quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387 I. Allegro vivace assai
     
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    String Quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387 II. Menuetto (Allegro)
     
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    String Quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387 III. Andante cantabile
     
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    String Quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387 IV. Molto allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major KV 428 I. Allegro non troppo
     
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    String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major KV 428 II. Andante con moto
     
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    String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major KV 428 III. Menuetto (Allegro) – Trio
     
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    String Quartet No. 16 in E Flat Major KV 428 IV. Allegro vivace
     
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    String Quartet No. 19 in C Major KV 465, “The Dissonance” I. Allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 19 in C Major KV 465, “The Dissonance” II. Andante cantabile
     
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    String Quartet No. 19 in C Major KV 465, “The Dissonance” III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    String Quartet No. 19 in C Major KV 465, “The Dissonance” IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor KV 421 I. Allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor KV 421 II. Andante
     
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    String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor KV 421 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor KV 421 IV. Allegretto ma non troppo
     
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    String Quartet No. 18 in A Major KV 464 I. Allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 18 in A Major KV 464 II. Menuet
     
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    String Quartet No. 18 in A Major KV 464 III. Andante
     
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    String Quartet No. 18 in A Major KV 464 IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quartet No. 17 in B Flat Major KV 458, “The Hunt” I. Allegro vivace assai
     
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    String Quartet No. 17 in B Flat Major KV 458, “The Hunt” II. Menuetto (Moderato) – Trio
     
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    String Quartet No. 17 in B Flat Major KV 458, “The Hunt” III. Adagio
     
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    String Quartet No. 17 in B Flat Major KV 458, “The Hunt” IV. Allegro assai
     
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    String Quartet in F Major KV 590 I. Allegro moderato
     
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    String Quartet in F Major KV 590 II. Allegretto
     
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    String Quartet in F Major KV 590 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    String Quartet in F Major KV 590 IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in C Minor KV 406 I. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in C Minor KV 406 II. Andante
     
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    String Quintet in C Minor KV 406 III. Menuetto in canone – Trio in canone al roverscio
     
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    String Quintet in C Minor KV 406 IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in G Minor KV 516 I. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in G Minor KV 516 II. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
     
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    String Quintet in G Minor KV 516 III. Adagio ma non troppo
     
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    String Quintet in G Minor KV 516 IV. Adagio – Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in C Major KV 515 I. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in C Major KV 515 II. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
     
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    String Quintet in C Major KV 515 III. Andante
     
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    String Quintet in C Major KV 515 IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in E Flat Major KV 614 I. Allegro di molto
     
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    String Quintet in E Flat Major KV 614 II. Andante
     
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    String Quintet in E Flat Major KV 614 III. Menuetto (Allegretto) – Trio
     
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    String Quintet in E Flat Major KV 614 IV. Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in D Major KV 593 I. Larghetto – Allegro
     
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    String Quintet in D Major KV 593 II. Adagio
     
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    String Quintet in D Major KV 593 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
     
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    String Quintet in D Major KV 593 IV. Allegro
     
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    Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in E Flat Major KV 452 I. Largo – Allegro moderato
     
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    Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in E Flat Major KV 452 II. Larghetto
     
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    Quintet for Piano and Wind Instruments in E Flat Major KV 452 III. Rondo (Allegretto)
     
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    “Kegelstatt” Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E Flat Major KV 498 I. Andante
     
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    “Kegelstatt” Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E Flat Major KV 498 II. Menuetto
     
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    “Kegelstatt” Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E Flat Major KV 498 III. Rondeau. Allegretto
     
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    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major KV 581 I. Allegro
     
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    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major KV 581 II. Larghetto
     
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    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major KV 581 III. Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II
     
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    Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major KV 581 IV. Allegretto con variazioni
     

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