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String Quartet in C major 'Dissonance', K465
composer
'Haydn' Quartet No 6

Recordings
'Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets' (CDS44001/3)
Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets
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Details
Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro
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Movement 2: Andante cantabile
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Movement 3: Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
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Movement 4: Allegro molto
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String Quartet in C major 'Dissonance', K465
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At some point in the early nineteenth century the C major Quartet, K465, acquired the nickname ‘The Dissonance’. This was undoubtedly due to the extraordinary harmonic boldness of the first movement’s slow introduction, though it is worth pointing out that the unsettling effect of this music is due at least as much to the rapidity and remoteness of the modulations as to the dissonances themselves. The dark tentative mood of the Adagio is soon dispelled by the C major brightness of the Allegro: note how the opening theme transforms the plaintive rising figure from bar 4 of the introduction.

The slow movement is marvellously eloquent and contains some of Mozart’s most effective ‘conversational’ writing. A passage in the second thematic group has caused some controversy amongst musicologists: did Mozart really intend the violins and viola to be silent in bars 26 and 75? Some performers have chosen to ‘correct’ this passage; It is played here as it appears in the manuscript and first edition—it certainly throws a completely different light on the ‘filled-out’ version in bar 85.

Haydn’s influence is strongly in evidence in the amusingly abrupt forte-piano contrasts of the Minuet; in the Trio, however, the humour is entirely Mozartian. As in the equivalent section of K421 the mood is ironic, but here the face behind the mask is comic, not tragic: the first violin’s C minor declamations are surely too melodramatic to be taken seriously.

The long-term harmonic adventures of the Finale (Allegro molto) are hardly less daring than those of the first movement’s Adagio introduction, but here the effect is thoroughly exhilarating. This so-called ‘Dissonance’ Quartet is, in fact, one of Mozart’s most brilliant and high-spirited works.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 1991

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Details for CDS44001/3 disc 3 track 6
Andante cantabile
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-17006
Duration
7'33
Recording date
16 February 1985
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Daye
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Mozart: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (CDA66170)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 1987
    Deletion date: May 1991
    Superseded by CDS44001/3
  2. Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets (CDS44001/3)
    Disc 3 Track 6
    Release date: May 1991
    Deletion date: July 2011
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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