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Mozart, Wolfgang A. / The Emerson String Quartet / Prussian Quartets (K. 575, 589, 590), The
Album:Prussian Quartets (K. 575, 589, 590), The Collection:Classical
Artist:Mozart, Wolfgang A. / The Emerson String Quartet Added:11/2011
Label:Sony Classical 

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Add Date:2011-12-04 Pull Date:2012-02-05 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:5 Feb29 Jan

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 30, 2012:Mixed Up Class
String quartet, K. 589
3.Jan 22, 2012:No Voices Aloud
(4:30) String Quartet K. 575, Andante
2.Jan 25, 2012:Everyday Commotion
(6:10) String Quartet K. 575, Allegretto

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-11-28 
Mozart, Wolfgang A. / The Prussian Quartets / Emerson String Quartet
Label: Sony Classical

Larry K.
Reviewed: 2011-11-27

Label: Sony Classical, 2011

Written in 1789-90 after Mozart had visited King FriedrichWilhelm II in Berlin, himself a cellist, these last quartets by Mozart helped the Classical quartet move away from the acoustic primacy of the violin towards equality of all four parts. The cello is a more notable singer here. The quartets were first published just a few weeks after Mozart’s death in 1791. They manifest the elegance, beauty, joy, sorrows and profound wonder we associate with Mozart.

1. (7:45) String Quartet K. 575, Allegretto. A familiar “let’s off to the dance” melody.
2. (4:30) String Quartet K. 575, Andante. Cello to the fore. We pass through quiet, richly decorated rooms of a Baroque palace.
3. (5:29) String Quartet K. 575, Menuetto. Ladies in brocade, men in silk, and champagne in crystal greet our eye. Some are plotting, others dancing.
4. (6:10) String Quartet K. 575, Allegretto. Cello has the main theme. The crowd swirls into the night, horses prance at waiting carriages.
5. (6:38) String Quartet K. 589, Allegro. Instruments playfully exchange melodies. We’re having fun, but also a bit serious at times.
6. (6:23) String Quartet K. 589, Larghetto. Florid, gracious melody.
7. (6:19) String Quartet K. 589, Menuetto. Ceremonial foils flash dramatically, followed by rather serious discussion.
8. (3:56) String Quartet K. 589, Allegro Assai. Light-footed gamboling before the king, but brief darkness before joy returns and all ends well.
9. (8:59) String Quartet K. 590, Allegro Moderato. A discussion of affairs of state over a rich, candlelit dinner in the 20’ x 50’ dining room. We are wealthy, but not free of cares.
10. (7:28) String Quartet K. 590, Andante. Lovely variations. The silver-wigged, gowned ladies step formally and twirl, displaying gentility.
11. (4:06) String Quartet K. 590, Menuetto. Startling sonorities. Talk of former battles won, but with dear comrades lost. Nor is rebuilding easy.
12. (7:02) String Quartet K. 590, Allegro. Complexly contrapuntal. Peasants harvest happily, buzzing about, and the castle is repaired.

Track Listing
1.(7:45) String Quartet K. 575, Allegretto 7.(6:19) String Quartet K. 589, Menuetto
2.(4:30) String Quartet K. 575, Andante 8.(3:56) String Quartet K. 589, Allegro Assai
3.(5:29) String Quartet K. 575, Menuetto 9.(8:59) String Quartet K. 590, Allegro Moderato
4.(6:10) String Quartet K. 575, Allegretto 10.(7:28) String Quartet K. 590, Andante
5.(6:38) String Quartet K. 589, Allegro 11.(4:06) String Quartet K. 590, Menuetto
6.(6:23) String Quartet K. 589, Largetto 12.(7:02) String Quartet K. 590, Allegro