Mozart String Quartets and Quintets 75:17

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Mozart's final three string quartets were dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II. What marks them out as remarkable compositions in particular is the lyrical quality of the cello sections. A likely source of this unusual arrangement might just be that the King himself played the cello. These quartets reflect the late style of Mozart that effortlessly balances the roles of the different instruments and produces a sound of almost incomparable sweetness. Of the string quintets (Mozart wrote six in total) Charles Rosen wrote "by general consent, Mozart's greatest achievement in chamber music is the group of string quintets with two violas". The finale of the fifth quintet was for a long time known in an inauthentic edition, the main theme of which had been altered to a complicated zigzag form when originally it had been intended as a descending chromatic scale fragment. The sixth and final one of these, was the last piece of chamber music Mozart ever wrote.

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