Mozart String Quartet in C, K.465 "Dissonant"
In 1785, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote a set of six string quartets which he dedicated to his friend and mentor Joseph Haydn. Arguably the most popular of these six is this one in C major, also called the "Dissonant Quartet". It is arguably Mozart's finest quartet writing, and certainly one of the most beloved pieces in the entire chamber music repertoire.
The inspiration for the six "Haydn" quartets (the others being
K.428, K.458, and
K.464) came from Haydn's opus 33 set. The year that these Haydn
quartets were published, there is evidence that Mozart and Haydn
(along with fellow composers Karl Dittersdorf and Johann
Vanhall) participated together in several quartet performances. It
is during these episodes that Mozart was able to hear and grasp the
style of Haydn's quartet writing: the musical discourse of four
equal partners. It was again at one of these get-togethers that
Mozart unveiled his set of quartets dedicated to Haydn. Upon
hearing this music, Haydn remarked that Mozart "is the greatest
composer known to me in person or by name. He has taste and, what
is more, the most profound knowledge of composition."
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Movement 1 | Movement 2 | Movement 3 | Movement 4
Recorded: in the TJHSST Auditorium on June 29 - July 1, 1999
Violins: Michael Wilber, 1st; Laura Carr, 2nd;
Violas: Debdeep Maji (mvmts. 1-3), Hazel Cheilek (mvmt. 4);
Cello: Charles Han;
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