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Chiaroscuro Quartet - Beethoven, Mozart (2013)

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Chiaroscuro Quartet - Beethoven, Mozart (2013)

Chiaroscuro Quartet - Beethoven, Mozart (2013)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP051 | Time: 00:57:23

Following on their highly acclaimed debut album, the period instrument Chiaroscuro Quartet returns with another recording of chamber music of the classical period. Their approach, firmly committed and imaginative, fits particularly well with the trail-blazing works on this recording. In its day, Beethoven's famous ''Serioso'' quartet was considered avant-garde and experimental. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue is a veritable lesson in the art of counterpoint - rich with dissonance and brilliant in its subtle complexity and inventiveness.

The multinational Chiaroscuro Quartet promises performances of music of the Classical era "on period instruments informed by a historical approach." This tells you less than it would if applied to Baroque music, but the features of Classical-period historical string performance are in evidence here: vibrato is kept to a minimum, and the scooping accents possible on later instruments are scrupulously weeded out. The biggest surprise, however, would have been possible even played on contemporary instruments: the String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, of Beethoven, designated by Beethoven as "Serioso," is given an interpretation with the seriousness radically scaled down. The group seems to be after a revisionist interpretation that holds that the violent qualities in this quartet were placed there by Romantic after-the-fact thinking and even later by psychoanalysis of Beethoven's difficult life around this time. The music is tense but light, with the really startling harmonic developments in the opening movement treated not as utterances of emotional torture but as little flashes of psychedelic light. The slow movements of all three works on the album are marvelous, with the players perfectly coordinated and the music seeming to breathe like some living creature, the lack of vibrato making the individual instruments difficult to pick out. And the Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor for string quartet, K. 546, and String Quartet in E flat major, K. 428 (a work also often given post-facto Romantic intensity) are less startling on first hearing. The Beethoven is one of those performances far enough outside the norm that it's safe to say some will think it's brilliant, some will hate it. But neither group will be able to claim it's not well thought out.

Review by James Manheim, Allmusic.com

Youthful in membership but now well established, having been founded in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet put period instrument practice to the fore, playing on gut strings, with minimal vibrato and tuning to the lower pitch of A430 (modern concert pitch is A440 or higher). You hear this strangeness the instant the opening chords sound in Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor Op 95. It takes a moment to grow accustomed to the unfamiliar timbre but the rewards are immense. Beethoven's quartet is at once raw, unadorned and agile, the harmonies more audibly dissonant. In contrast the Mozart E flat Quartet K428 feels airborne and elegant, the epitome of the classical style. The Chiaroscuro's concert from the Edinburgh festival (12 August) will be relayed live on Radio 3. Check them out.

Review by Fiona Maddocks, TheGuardian

Chiaroscuro Quartet - Beethoven, Mozart (2013)



Chiaroscuro Quartet:
- Alina Ibragimova, violin
- Pablo Hernan Benedi, violin
- Emilie Hörnlund, viola
- Claire Thirion, cello

Tracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet In F Minor No. 11, Op.95 'Quartetto Serioso'
01. Allegro Con Brio (04:57)
02. Allegretto Ma Non Troppo (06:57)
03. Allegro Assa Vivace Ma Serioso (04:59)
04. Larghetto Espressivo (05:25)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Adagio And Fugue In C Minor, K.546
05. Adagio (03:00)
06. Fugue (04:24)

String Quartet In E Flat Major No.16, K.428
07. Allegro Non Troppo (07:30)
08. Andante Con Moto (08:51)
09. Menuet: Allegro Et Trio (05:22)
10. Allegro Vivace (05:54)


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Chiaroscuro Quartet - Beethoven, Mozart (2013)

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