Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Divertimenti for Strings & Two French Horns

The Stamic Quartet (Bohuslav Matousek, Josef Kekula, Jan Peruska, Vladimir Leixner), Zdenek and Bedrich Tylsar - French horn.

Production: Matous Vlcinsky.

Text: Cz., Eng., Ger., Fr. Recorded: 1991, Studio Domovina, Prague. Released: 2009. TT: 68:10, 76:05. ODD. 2 CD Supraphon Music a.s. SU 3979-2.

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Supraphon has now been able to re-release Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Divertimenti, recorded in 1991 by the Stamic Quartet led by Bohuslav Matousek and in collaboration with the Tylsar brothers, for its unique charm and purity of interpretation. The happy combination of a top quartet with two master horn players made it possible for a high-quality recording to be made that to this day remains an acknowledged masterpiece of performance that often also serves as important study material. The three divertimenti for string quartet and two French horns were written in the years 1 777-79 when Mozart was still working in Salzburg and are based compositionally not on a quartet but a trio concept. Here the first violin takes the solo, very difficult role, and so we are confronted with a truly distinctive and unusual form in the composer's musical development. …