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View of Vienna from Belvedere (1759) by Bernardo Bellotto (1722-1780)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna / AKG-Images, London / Erich Lessing
Track(s) taken from CKD376
Recording details: August 2010
Stevenson Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2011
Total duration: 13 minutes 52 seconds

'You’re unlikely to regret buying this exquisite disc' (Gramophone)

'This highly enjoyable performance is directed from the first-violin chair by Alexander Janiczek, who spins a fine, lithe line, with minimal vibrato, articulating the phrasing with deft bowing. His lead is followed by his string colleagues, while the two horn player—on natural, valveless instruments—shift neatly between subdued background and fanfaring foreground' (BBC Music Magazine)

'If only all the world's chamber orchestras had this approach!' (Early Music Review)

'An enjoyable, well-considered recording' (International Record Review)

Oboe Quartet in F major, K370
early 1781; composed for Friedrich Ramm

Allegro  [6'27]
Adagio  [2'58]
Rondo: Allegro  [4'27]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Quartet for oboe, violin, viola and cello, K370, dates from early 1781, when Mozart was staying in Munich to complete his opera Idomeneo and to be present at its first performances. The opera had occupied much of his time over the winter months and as a consequence he only composed a small number of other works during this period.

K370 was written for Friedrich Ramm, principal oboist in the Elector of Bavaria’s orchestra and an outstanding instrumentalist, renowned for the beauty and variety of his tone and the expressiveness of his playing. These qualities enabled Mozart to compose a work which, while giving due prominence to the oboe, avoids mere display and encompasses a wide range of feeling. This is particularly noticeable in the Adagio, an aria-like movement in D minor, only 37 bars long but deeply expressive. The Rondo finale contains a remarkable passage of thirteen bars where the oboe plays in 44 time against the continued 68 accompaniment. The tension created by this rhythmic conflict combined with the minor mode is relieved only when the tonic major key and compound time return together in the middle of a semiquaver passage for the oboe. The final section of the Rondo makes full use of the instrument’s higher range and the work ends in cheerful mood.

from notes by Sally Odom © 2001

Other albums featuring this work
'Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works' (CDH55390)
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, Horn Quintet & other works
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55390  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  

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