Mozart’s Piano Quartets from Barenboim et al

Mozart: Piano Quartets

Daniel Barenboim (piano), Michael Barenboim (violin), Yiulia Deyneka (viola) & Kian Soltani (cello),

Deutsche Grammophon have assembled a wonderful ensemble for these two piano quartets. Barenboim is joined by  Yulia Deyneka who works as professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy and is the principal viola of the Berlin Staatskapelle. Michael Barenboim, who is Maestro Barenboim’s son, an acclaimed violinist and West-Eastern Divan’s concert master and the label’s recently signed cellist, Kian Soltani.

This oddly neglected instrumental combination, piano with string trio, inspired Mozart to pen these mature works that can be regarded as being the first masterpieces of the genre. Daniel Barenboim and his assembled group play with a sense of adventurousness, quite appropriate in a live performance, but miss nothing of Mozart’s exquisite detail in these pieces that show Mozart at his most fetching. Daniel Barenboim’s piano playing is full of elegance and his colleagues play with mature imagination and the playful exchanges in the final movement of the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493 are realised superbly. In these performances one is able to appreciate the rich textures and the wide range of sonorities that Mozart seems to have delighted in. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable hour of listening to a pair of Mozart’s masterpieces.

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