Mozart: Piano Quartets, K. 478 & 493 Quartetto Avos - Mozart Piano Quartets

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Label: OnClassical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
  • 1I. Allegro11:08
  • 2II. Andante07:27
  • 3III. Rondo: Allegro moderato08:15
  • Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
  • 4I. Allegro10:45
  • 5II. Larghetto13:15
  • 6III. Allegretto09:09
  • Total Runtime59:59

Info for Mozart: Piano Quartets, K. 478 & 493

Mozart received a commission for three quartets in 1785 from the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Hofmeister's fear that the work was too difficult for amateurs so he released Mozart from the obligation of completing the set. Nine months later, Mozart composed a second quartet. Those are the Piano Quartets KV 478 in G minor and KV 493 in E-flat major.

At the time the piece was written, the harpsichord was still widely used. Although the piece was originally published with the title 'Quatuor pour le Clavecin ou Forte Piano, Violon, Tallie [sic] et Basse,' stylistic evidence suggests Mozart intended the piano part for 'the 'Viennese' fortepiano of the period' and that our modern piano is 'a perfectly acceptable alternative.'

This is the second recording by the Avos ensemble released for OnClassical. Engineer Alessandro Simonetto took advantage from the full range of Neumann's microphones for obtaining a recording particularly clean and enjoyable to the ear.

Quartetto Avos Ensemble

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