Mozart Divertimento & Preludes to Bach

Mozart Divertimento & Preludes to Bach

by Matt Haimovitz

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Overview

This 2018 reissue is a Super Audio CD of a 2006 release by the then-all-Canadian trio of violinist Jonathan Crow, violist Douglas McNabney, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, presenting Mozart's complete works for the unusual string trio grouping. On the earlier version on the Oxingale label, the program was titled Mozart the Mason, despite the fact that the Masonic connections to the two works involved, the Mozart Preludes, K. 404a, to fugues by Bach, and the Divertimento for string trio in E flat major, K. 563, were tenuous indeed. Oxingale has since been acquired, and its recordings sonically sharpened by the Dutch label Pentatone. The new version sounds great, and the Masonic program concept has been dropped in favor of the neutral Mozart Divertimento title. What remains is a pair of strong performances. The Mozart Preludes, written during a period when he was studying Bach's music intensively, are especially interesting; they were like nothing else he or anyone else was writing at the time, and the three players capture the exploratory quality of the work. The Divertimento, whose contrapuntal qualities are emphasized in this context, is cleanly performed with an affecting slow movement. A rare example of a release that has been improved by the reissue process.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Pentatone
UPC: 0827949071461
catalogNumber: 5186714
Rank: 105488

Tracks

  1. Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563
  2. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Fugue XIII, WTC II
  3. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Prelude
  4. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Fugue XIV, WTC II
  5. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Prelude
  6. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Fugue VIII, WTC I
  7. Preludes and fugues (6) for violin, viola & cello (after J. S. and W. F. Bach), (K. 404a): Prelude

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