A Rare Thursday Musical Interlude

January 10th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I heard this Mozart piano quartet–one of my absolute favs–in the car the other day and I’m once again obsessed with it, an obsession I hope you share with me.  Here’s the first movement played by a quartet who I thought does a wonderful job with it.

A few things to watch out for:

–the piece doesn’t start until 30 seconds in;

–to my ears, and I think I know this piece cold, the violinist plays a notably wrong note at 1:19!

–a quiz for any other Mozart buffs: at 6:22 there’s a few seconds of this theme in the strings that clearly shows up in the first act of a Mozart opera.  Identify that opera and you’ll have free access to OTE for the rest of your life.


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6 comments in reply to "A Rare Thursday Musical Interlude"

  1. JohnR says:

    “..you’ll have free access to OTE for the rest of your life.”

    Aha! And thus the impending paywall was inadvertently revealed..

    I’ll have to listen for the putative wrong note later on at home. I love live performances for just this reason; I used to have a homebrew recording of a live performance of a late Haydn symphony by a big Austrian orchestra. One of the horns made the big, bold, massed horn entrance, alone, a whole bar early. That has to be a lonely feeling.

    • Jared Bernstein says:

      For the record [sic] this isn’t like that–the wrong note she plays doesn’t sound bad–but the right note sounds better (this is Mozart, mind you, where every note is perfection).

    • Larry Kart says:

      Try Rubinstein with the Guarnieri, coupled with K. 478 (you can check it out on Spotify). IIRC (and FWIW) Glenn Gould said that it was the most sublime chamber music recording he knew.

      • Larry Kart says:

        I now see that it was the Rubinstein/Guarnieri Brahms Op. 34 that Gould praised in that manner. But their Mozart Quartets are special, too.

  2. Sue says:

    It’s definitely a wrong note (I checked the score). Plus she plays it correctly in the repeat! Still working on the opera reference…

  3. purple says:

    Try playing the violin in tune without vibrato and you’ll find there is nothing harder. Yet, the obsession with intonation has rendered violin playing a warbly mess of vibrato and flat affect. It’s use in the business is now roughly the equivalent of Brittany Spears-ish auto-tune with all that implies.

    I suspect and hope it’s a fad, but since it’s a byproduct of recording and the search for perfection (in a recorded sense) I suspect not.

    p.s. professional musician here