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Mozart: String Quartets, Vol. 1 – The Prussian Quartets

Doric String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1"  
1.1
I. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
8:12
1.2
II. Andante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
4:28
1.3
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
5:24
1.4
IV. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
6:25
String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2"  
1.5
I. Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
10:05
1.6
II. Larghetto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
7:09
1.7
III. Menuetto. Moderato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
6:40
1.8
IV. Allegro assai
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
3:58
String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3"  
2.1
I. Allegro moderato
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
13:11
2.2
II. Andante
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
10:32
2.3
III. Menuetto. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
4:02
2.4
IV. Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Doric String Quartet
9:43
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Total Playing Time    1:29:49
Towards the end of his life, short of money and heavily in debt, Mozart had the opportunity to visit King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia – a famous patron of the arts and a keen and above-average musician. Mozart performed for the King and left with some cash and a commission for a set of six string quartets, of which these are the only three he completed. They are ground-breaking in the way in which Mozart utilised the voicing of the instruments. King Friedrich was a viola da gamba player turned cellist, and these works feature extensive melodies for the cello, usually in a high register, thus emancipating the cello from the bass line and introducing a more evenly blended texture. Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of their generation, the Doric String Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation and has performed at festivals and concert halls around the globe. Exclusive Chandos artists, the Quartet has drawn widespread critical acclaim for its recordings and won a number of prestigious awards.
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