Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in D major (K593), in E flat major (K614) and Fragments

“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

For over four decades, the Chilingirian String Quartet has thrilled critics and audiences around the world with it’s vibrant, virtuosic performances of classical and contemporary chamber music. The Quartet has a sound that is both powerful and precise – richly interpretive yet always true to the composer’s vision. Yuko Inoue is a Japanese violinist who studied at Kunitachi College of Music then went on to study with several famous violinists. She is currently a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593
1. Larghetto
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto: Allegretto
4. Allegro

String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614
5. Allegro di Molto
6. Andante
7. Menuetto: Allegretto
8. Allegro

9.Fragment: String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515

10. String Quintet in D major, K593 (alternative Finale)

ArtistThe Chilinigirian Quartet with Yuko Inoue
Reviews"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; if they are of the same standard then this cycle should surely compare well with classics by the Amadeus Quartet or Grumiaux Trio." – David Threasher, Gramophone "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 "K614, the E flat, has fallen foul of some commentators, but the Chilingirians play it as if it’s a worthy culmination of Mozart’s string quintets. A strength of their performance is its rhythmic vitality." – The Sunday Times
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