Mozart, Ives and Verdi:
- String Quartets.
On this CD, the Schumann Quartet offers us three works from three different periods in music:
Charles Ives lived from 1874 to 1954; Mozart died in 1791; and Verdi lived in between the other two, from 1813 to 1901.
The compositions we hear are as follows:
- String Quartet No. 2
- String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K575
- String Quartet in E minor
Performed by the Schumann Quartet
The performers are:
- Eric Schumann, violin
- Ken Schumann, violin
- Liisa Randalu, viola
- Mark Schumann, cello
While these compositions are not presented in chronological order, they allow the listener to experience the evolution of quartet music during a period of about 200 years.
Let me illustrate these changes.
First, here is the Mozart String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K. 575 ‘Prussian No. 1’:
And next, let’s listen to the Verdi Quartet in E-Minor:
Finally, here is the Charles Ives Quartet #2:
It is interesting how quartet music has evolved from being very tuneful 200 years ago, to what it is now…
Tags: Mozart, Ives, Verdi, String Quartets, Schumann Quartet