Mozart: The Final Quartets Alexander String Quartet
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499 "Hoffmeister":
- 1String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499 "Hoffmeister": I. Allegretto10:16
- 2String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499 "Hoffmeister": II. Menuetto03:06
- 3String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499 "Hoffmeister": III. Adagio07:22
- 4String Quartet No. 20 in D Major, K. 499 "Hoffmeister": IV. Allegro06:51
- String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1":
- 5String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1": I. Allegretto07:51
- 6String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1": II. Andante04:22
- 7String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1": III. Menuetto05:39
- 8String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575 "Prussian No. 1": IV. Allegretto06:06
- String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2":
- 9String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2": I. Allegro06:50
- 10String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2": II. Larghetto06:24
- 11String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2": III. Menuetto06:46
- 12String Quartet No. 22 in B-Flat Major, K. 589 "Prussian No. 2": IV. Allegro assai03:59
- String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3":
- 13String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3": I. Allegro moderato08:52
- 14String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3": II. Andante07:17
- 15String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3": III. Menuetto03:53
- 16String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 "Prussian No. 3": IV. Allegro07:16
Info for Mozart: The Final Quartets
The Alexander String Quartet turns its attention to Mozart's last years, beginning with this recording of the final four quartets (the first of a three-volume set which will add his other great chamber works from that period). Eric Bromberger's liner notes are prefaced by comments from ASQ violist Paul Yarbrough, excerpted here: ''Taken as a whole, Mozart's works for string quartet, piano quartet, viola quintet, and clarinet quintet are a monumental accomplishment, as they codified the evolution of classical chamber music. He had taken Haydn's brilliant efforts with the string quartet and elevated and broadened the genre, while adhering to Haydn's formal and conversational precedent. But however much Mozart's late chamber works conform, they are never ''conformist.'' They still have the capacity to be stunningly original, and even, especially for the listeners of the time, shocking.'' Now in its 35th season, the Alexander String Quartet's discography includes major cycles by Bartok, Kodaly, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. ASQ is also an important advocate of new music, with over 35 commissions and premieres.
Alexander String Quartet
The Alexander String Quartet
has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles over three decades. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the Quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances.
The many distinguished artists to collaborate with the Alexander String Quartet include pianists Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman, Roger Woodward, Jeremy Menuhin, and Joyce Yang; clarinetists Eli Eban, Charles Neidich, Joan Enric Lluna, and Richard Stolzman; cellists Lynn Harrell, Sadao Harada, and David Requiro; violist Toby Appel; and soprano Elly Ameling. Among the quartet’s more unusual collaborations has been numerous performances of Eddie Sauter’s seminal Third Stream work, Focus, in collaboration with Branford Marsalis, David Sánchez, and Andrew Speight.
Over the past decade the Alexander String Quartet has added considerably to its distinguished and wide-ranging discography. Currently recording exclusively for the FoghornClassics label, the Alexander’s most recent release (June 2009) is a complete Beethoven cycle. Music Web International has described the performances on this new Beethoven set as “uncompromising in their power, intensity and spiritual depth,” while Strings Magazine described the set as “a landmark journey through the greatest of all quartet cycles.”
Highlights of the 2010–2011 season include a two multiple concert series for San Francisco Performances, one presenting the complete quartets of Bartók and Kodály and the other music of Dvořák; the conclusion of a Beethoven cycle for Mondavi Center; and a continuing annual series at Baruch College in New York City. The quartet also performs an all-Beethoven program at the Lied Center of Kansas, two tours of Spain (including the inaugural performances of a new festival in Godella), and a second tour of Argentina. They also continue their annual residencies at Allegheny College, Lewis & Clark College, and St. Lawrence University.
The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and the following year became the first string quartet to win the Concert Artists Guild Competition. In 1985, the quartet captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition, receiving both the jury’s highest award and the Audience Prize.
The Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving there as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at the School of Music and Dance in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University and Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances.
The Alexander String Quartet performs on the Ellen M. Egger Quartet of instruments, built in 1987 by the American maker Francis Kuttner.