Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mozart's "Dissonance" Quartet and Beethoven's Quartet Opus 59, No. 3

Here's a nice way to see (and hear) how Beethoven used Mozart's "Dissonance" Quartet, K. 465, as a model for his Opus 59 No. 3 Quartet. I love the domestic settings of these two videos. This is, in my mind, the kind of setting where chamber music should be played, and I really like the way both of these quartets (the Italian Quartetto Lyra for the Mozart and the American Jupiter Quartet for the Beethoven) play these first movements.

You can go back and forth between the two windows, which is a real luxury. You can also follow the score for the Mozart and the score for the Beethoven, and compare them.

I kind of like running them simultaneously and tuning in and out of one or the other. And it is even fun to listen to them playing at the same time.


Anonymous said...

Have you had a chance to hear the performance of this quartet by the "New Music Quartet" (Broadus Erle, Matthew Raimondi, Walter Trampler and Claus Adam) which was recorded by Bela Bartok's son? At one time it was very difficult to find the recording, but it has been reissued on cd and it's now on youtube!

With best regards from over here,
David Mendes

Elaine Fine said...

Thank you for pointing me (and others reading this post to this David!