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Mozart: String Quintets-No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: String Quintets-No 5

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Mozart String Quintets--No 5, K593 (two versions of finale); No 6, K614. Quintet Fragment, K515c Chilingirian Quartet with Yuko Inoue va CRD (F) CRD3523 (6V * DDD)

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 (once again with second viola Yuko Inoue) presents the last two quintets, from December 1790 and April 1791, in thoroughly worthwhile performances, along with two further rarities: both finales to K593 (Mozart's falling chromatic 'tag' was altered by a well-meaning publisher to something more jagged and Haydnesque when the work was printed after the composer's death) and the fragment of an exposition in A minor that Mozart left aside for whatever reason.

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. Even if K614 doesn't quite scale the same heights of inspiration, it's odd that Hugh Wood's long booklet essay should damn it unequivocally as 'demonstrably inferior to its immediate predecessors'--a case of cognitive dissonance between musicology and marketing, perhaps. …

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