Cuarteto Casals - Mozart's Haydn Quartets
From Wigmore Hall in London, a concert in which Cuarteto Casals perform string quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn. With Quartets in G, K387; in D minor, K421; in E flat, K428.
In the first of two concerts at London's Wigmore Hall featuring the six String Quartets Mozart dedicated to his friend Haydn, the Cuarteto Casals play the Quartets in G K387, D minor K421 and E flat K428.
Presented by Fiona Talkington
Mozart: String Quartet in G, K387
Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K421
8.35: Mozart: String Quartet in E flat, K428
Recorded at Wigmore Hall on 7 January 2016
The six string quartets that Mozart composed in the first half of the 1780s and dedicated to his friend Haydn were his reaction to the new and sophisticated musical environment he had encountered after moving from Salzburg to Vienna in 1781, and to his growing acquaintance with, and admiration for, the quartet masterpieces of Haydn himself. The Cuarteto Casals, from Spain, perform all six works over two concerts at Wigmore Hall starting tonight with the G major (K387) with its brilliant contrapuntal finale, the tragically brooding D minor (K421), and the confident E flat, K428.
The second concert, featuring the quartets K458, K464 and K466, will be broadcast on Tuesday 17 January.