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2006 Mozart and the String Quartet

From sonata to symphony to opera, Mozart conquered every musical medium of the day, and his string quartets rank among the finest in the literature. Disc Three opens with Mozart’s homage to Bach: quartet arrangements of fugues from the Baroque master’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Mozart’s own Adagio and Fugue evinces the Baroque style of Bach, and the Quartet in E-flat Major plainly reveals Mozart’s supreme craft at work in this sublime tribute to Haydn, the “father” of the string quartet. The C Major String Quintet, which ends the disc, adds a second viola to expand on the quartet’s sonic and expressive possibilities.

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