|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
Divertimento In D Major, KV 136 (III Presto)
Divertimento In F Major, KV 138
String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421
String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 ‘Dissonance’
“Feel the Mozart resonance.” Quatuor Ebène returns to classical music
The repertoire of the French ensemble Quatuor Ebène reaches far out: after the four have made a brilliant discographic debut with music by their compatriots Ravel, Debussy and Fauré, they showed with chamber music by Brahms that they also know how to put German late romanticism in a completely new light with an incomparable mixture of sound refinement and a sense for great architectural structures. After the surprising crossover album “Fiction”, the turning point now follows into the bright world of classical music: with three quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“When we play Beethoven, Bartók or Jazz and Pop, we emphasize the percussive character of our instruments, we give pressure, so to speak,” says quartet Ebène cellist Raphaël Merlin. “But with Mozart it’s about finding the natural resonance, here you have to allow the instruments themselves to find their own expression.” There is no doubt about it: Mozart’s chamber music brings a new tone to the discography of the ensemble – using the example of true masterpieces of the genre: KV 421 and KV 465 are the most experimental works of the quartets that Mozart dedicated to his revered colleague Haydn – the composer who, so to speak, “invented” the genre and led it to its first historical high. The quartet KV 138 is an early work: still characterized by a loose divertimento tone, the spirit and eloquence of the early classical style are already evident in its first flowering.