Cuarteto Casals.



String Quartets Nos. 14, 16 and 19

(These String Quartets were dedicated to Joseph Haydn.)


When he dedicated a set of six quartets to Haydn in 1785, Mozart was acknowledging Joseph Haydn’s supremacy in this form of music making. However, Mozart did more than just imitate him; he integrated Haydn’s innovations into his own style, thereby producing a new milestone of Viennese Classicism.



The three quartets played on this CD by Cuarteto Casals are among Mozart’s finest and are truly masterpieces of the genre.


We get to hear the following music by Mozart:



Quartet #16 in E-Flat, K. 428

Quartet #19 in C-Major K. 465 (“Dissonance”)

Quartet #14 in G-Major, K. 387



Performed by the Cuarteto Casals.

The Guardian wrote on 4th September 2014:

“They launch into every movement with tremendous relish, on such a tide of rich, deep string tone that they could be playing Brahms or Dvorak, and it comes with equally full-blooded, expressive inflections. It is very involving to begin with, as such musical generosity draws you into the performance – welcomes you almost. But after a while it all seems a bit too obvious and generalized.”


Here are the individual movement titles for each quartet:


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K387 ‘Spring’

I. Allegro vivace assai

II. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio

III. Andante cantabile

IV. Molto allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K428

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante con moto

III. Menuetto. Allegretto – Trio

IV. Allegro vivace

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 ‘Dissonance’

I. Adagio – Allegro

II. Andante cantabile

III. Menuetto. Allegro – Trio

IV. Allegro molto

Here is the Cuarteto Casals playing Debussy:


And next, here is an early Mozart quartet, K.80:





Finally, let me finish with the performance of the Beethoven quartet Op. 133, “Grosse Fuge”:




Tags: Cuarteto Casals, Debussy, Mozart, Quartet #14, Quartet #16, Quartet #19