Part of the Exploring Mozart Weekend
Friday 1 - Sunday 3 March
Quartet for Flute and Strings in A K298
String Quartet in D minor K421
Adagio for Cor Anglais and Strings in C K580a
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat K493
Mozart’s first Flute Quartet is one of joyful parody, with playful settings of popular tunes of the day. Mozart was playful too in his direction: “Fairly fast and gracefully, but not too quickly, however not too slowly”. His String Quartet in D minor immediately captures the listener’s attention with its poignant, plaintive opening. Part of a set dedicated to Haydn, it is a dramatic yet solemn piece.
The Adagio is a beautifully tender piece with the same melody from Mozart’s famous Ave Verum Corpus. It is thought it may have originally been written for basset horns, intended for Masonic ceremonies. His Piano Quartet in E flat opens dramatically but soon becomes high-spirited, warm and witty.
This concert will be recorded and broadcast as a BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert on a future date.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the Spring Series that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
The Adagio for Cor Anglais and Strings because I recall the first occasion we heard Ensemble 360 play it. It was an outstanding performance.
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