FEATURED PRESENTATION Great Mozart Quartets
• Mozart: Four Great Quartets
The Gewandhaus Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465, nicknamed "Dissonant"; String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 (“The Violet”); String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387 ("Spring"); and Serenade in G, K.525, known as “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”
Recorded at the beautiful Baroque palace Rammenau, Saxony.
THE GEWANDHAUS QUARTET consists of four of Europe's most prestigious musicians: Frank-Michael Erben, first violin; Conrad Suske, second violin; Volker Metz, viola; and Jürnjakob Timm, cello. A favorite in classical music venues around the globe, the quartet is the oldest, continuously existing such ensemble in the world. Founded almost 200 years ago, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Quartet can be seen as a remarkable part of the western history of music. Since its founding in 1809, the quartet has continued its concert activity from generation to generation with great success.
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This celebrated string quartet are joined by Nobuko Imai to play Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat minor, Op. 71 No. 1; Mozart’s String Quintet in D Major, K. 593; and Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major Op. 29.
• A Mozart Gala From Prague
The highlight of the Mozart Year 2006 in Prague takes place at the Estates Theater. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck perform the most famous compositions by W.A. Mozart related to Prague: Overture to Don Giovanni, the "Prague" Symphony, and the Clarinet Concerto, with the excellent Sharon Kam on the clarinet. The Estates Theater is one of the most beautiful historical theatres in Europe. Part of its charm, magic and value lies in its historical significance, from the musical career of Mozart to modern times. In 1787 Mozart conducted the premier of Don Giovanni there. Also, La Clemenza di Tito had its premiere in Estates Theater.
From Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, comes a program of his music, recorded at the famous conservatoire, the Mozarteum. The program includes the Symphony in D major K. 95; the Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467; the concert aria “Basta, vincesti,” K. 486a; the rondo for soprano, “Al desio di chi t'adora,” K. 577; and the Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543. Hans Graf conducts the Mozarteum Orchestra, with soloists Maria Tipo (piano) and Cornelia Kallisch (soprano).