Mozart acknowledged how difficult writing for string quartet could be when he dedicated a set to the father of the nascent genre, Joseph Haydn, saying “They are…the fruit of a long and laborious study.” Haydn had created the “string quartet” about 30 years before Mozart’s work in the genre, and others (including Ignaz Pleyel in 1784) had paid similar homage to Papa Haydn.
Our Featured Album this week is Cuarteto Casals playing three of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, by Mozart. Sample some of Cuarteto Casals’ earlier recordings of Mozart here:
How many times have you heard Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons? How many times do you think violinists and orchestras have performed it? It is one of the most popular and iconic works in classical music (actually, Baroque music), and with good reason: it’s full of color, evocative and powerful. Max Richter has taken this unforgettable music and “Recomposed” it for violinist Daniel Hope, the Concerthaus Chamber Orchestra of Berlin and conductor André de Ridder (Richter also plays the Moog Synthesizer), and released it on Deutsche Grammophon. Listen to it this week as our Featured Album!
Duo Gazzana releases their second album on ECM with violin/piano duos from Alfred Schnittke, Francis Poulenc, Valentin Silvestrov, William Walton and Luigi Dallapiccola. Listen this week for highlights from their new album and interview clips with Natascia and Raffaella.