Mozart - String Quartets, K. 421, K. 428, K. 465 (2019)

Mozart

Engegard Quartet

To my dear friend Haydn, A father who had decided to send his children out into the world would seek to entrust them to the protection and guidance of a celebrated man, especially one who also happened to be his best friend. Here they are now, my six children! Welcome them, celebrated man and dearest friend. It was a long and tedious process; but many friends gave me the hope that the endeavor, at least to some degree, will pay off, and this encourages me and leads me to believe that one day these children will be a source of comfort. You yourself, dearest friend, expressed your satisfaction with them when you last visited the capital. Your encouragement pleases me most of all and makes me leave them to you with the hope that they’re not totally unworthy of your approval. Please receive them kindly, and be to them like a father, a guide, and friend! From now on I surrender all my rights over them. I ask you to forgive any mistakes that this loving father might have overlooked, and that you, despite of them, will continue the friendship towards one who values you with such high regard.

I remain, dearest friend, from all my heart, your most earnest friend,

W. A. Mozart
Vienna, 1 September 1785 (Translated Italian-Norwegian-English)

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Thus, in Italian, Mozart dedicates his six so-called “Haydn” Quartets, of which here Engegård Quartet presents three. Italian was a language well known by both, as composers of Italian operas, and Mozart has indeed been diligently thorough with the style, and perhaps even got a little help. 

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Engegard Quartet

Formed under the midnight sun in Lofoten in 2006, with Arvid Engegård and Alex Robson on violin, Juliet Jopling on viola, and Jan Clemens Carlsen on cello, the Engegård Quartet is one of Norway's leading chamber ensembles. Their bold, fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire combined with a deep attachment to their Scandinavian roots has attracted international acclaim, and inspired some innovative partnerships and programming. The quartet’s debut album was praised as ‘breath-taking’ in The Strad, while their second release won Pizzicato magazine’s ‘Supersonic Award’. More recently, a album of works by Grieg, Sibelius and Olav Anton Thommessen was praised by Tully Potter in Music Web International as ‘what Grieg lovers have been waiting for’. The Engegård Quartet has a busy concert schedule throughout Scandinavia and further afield. They have performed in some of Europe’s finest venues including the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Prague’s Rudolfinum, and last year traveled to South America for concerts in Bogotá and Sao Paolo. Festival performances include the Delft Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival in Bucharest, and Heidelberg’s Streichquartettfest. Members of the quartet are also deeply involved in bringing superb chamber music to Norway – Arvid Engegård as founder of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, and Juliet Jopling as artistic director of the Oslo Quartet Series. The Engegård Quartet has had the honor to work with (among others) András Schiff, Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, and Emma Johnson. They also love to collaborate with colleagues from different musical traditions, including a folk/classical fusion with hardanger fiddler Nils Økland, and a program of Ibsen and late Beethoven with actor Bjørn Sundquist. Future plans include a new work written by and performed with jazz violinist Ola Kvernberg and an annual ‘mini-festival’ focusing on one composer each year, starting with Schumann. ‘Schumann 1-2-3’ is scheduled and promises to be a feast of chamber music, song, piano works, poetry, discussions and lectures. The Engegård Quartet is supported by the Norwegian Arts Council. foto: Espen Mortensen
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Mozart - String Quartets, K. 421, K. 428, K. 465 (2019)

Mozart

Engegard Quartet

Mastering Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Producer: Vegard Landaas
Recording Engineer: Thomas Wolden
Recording location: Sofienberg Church, Oslo, Norway on December 8, 10-13, 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix

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String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421/417b - I. Allegro moderato
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String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421/417b - II. Andante
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String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421/417b - III. Menuetto and Trio - Allegretto
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String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421/417b - IV. Allegretto ma non troppo
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String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b - I. Allegro non troppo
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String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b - II. Andante con moto
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String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b - III. Menuetto and Trio - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428/421b - IV. Allegro vivace
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String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 - I. Adagio - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 - II. Andante cantabile (F major)
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String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 - III. Menuetto and Trio - Allegro
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String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 - IV. Allegro
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