Mozart: Works for String Quintet
This CD is the final volume of three discs of Mozart’s String Quintets performed by the Chilingirian Quartet.
“There is little point in my attempting to elucidate the nuances and pleasures of the playing here beyond asserting that I cannot fault it or imagine it being done better.” Ralph Moore, musicweb-international.com
"The Chilingirian’s cycle of Mozart’s six string quintets has been nine years in the making and I’m sorry to have missed the earlier instalments. This third and final volume presents the last two quintets, from December 1790and April 1791 in thoroughly worthwhile performances, along with two further rarities: both finales to K593 and the fragment of an exposition in A minor that Mozart left aside. What a masterpiece K593 is, with its surprise reprise of the slow introduction towards the end of the first movement and its sublime, hymnic Adagio. Both performances would appear to have been laid down in long takes with a minimum of patching, the better to convey the sweep of each movement. …the sheer pleasure this music provides is enough to make your reviewer seek out the previous volumes." David Threasher, Gramophone December 2016
"From the fast-flowing theme that opens the G minor Quintet, the expanded Chilingirian players point to a very free view of the shape and pace of the movement, in which the frequent falling passages are often linked with a slowing of the pulse to bring added beauty. The punctuating chords in the second movement are unusually pointed, and the following Adagio non troppo is both affectionate and of unhurried sensitivity. I particularly like the way their tramping gait opens a view of the finale infused with happiness, The players take a robust approach to the outer allegros of the C minor Quintet that serves the works well, and with a refined approach to the inner movements they lack nothing in their devotion to the music." The Strad, November 2016