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Mozart: Flute Quartets

Magazine article Gramophone

Mozart: Flute Quartets

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Mozart

Flute Quartets--K285; K285a; K4nh7171/285b; K298. Andante, K315 (arr Mordechai Rechtman)

Lisa Friend fl members of the Brodsky Quartet

Chandos (F) CHAN10932 (59' * DDD)

Mozart is widely held to have detested the flute, despite the fact that he wrote a whole opera about one and the instrument is such an integral colouring agent in nearly all his late music. More likely his antipathy was towards a flautist--one Ferdinand Dejean of Mannheim, an amateur player who commissioned a series of flute quartets from the 21-year-old composer and received two (K285 and 285a), while Mozart's letters to his father back home in Salzburg dissemble about his progress on the works and the amount of money he received.

The other two quartets are now believed to date from around a decade later and to have no connection with the Mannheim quartets or Dejean. K298 contains quotations from popular Viennese songs of the mid-1780s, and K285b could be a compilation from Mozartian fragments with an arrangement (described by annotator Neal Zaslaw as 'functional but not particularly imaginative') of the variations from the Gran Partita, K361. …

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