Hagen Quartett MOZART String Quartets K. 387 & 458

Vienna, 1782. Mozart had not composed a string quartet for almost ten years, a remarkably long period within such a short lifespan. The two string quartets K.387 and K.458 belong to the group of six so-called “Haydn Quartets”. Mozart dedicated the work to his fatherly friend Joseph Haydn, who was in many cases also his great model.To dedicate such works to Haydn in his prime genre, testifies on the one hand to Mozart’s appreciation of his older colleague, and on the other to a high degree of self-confidence. Neither did he refrain from mentioning that these compositions were the “fruit of long and laborious task”.
After an extended tour performing Mozart quartets, the Hagen Quartet went into the recording studio for this new rendition of the two works for myrios classics. This is also the Hagen’s first recording using the ‘Paganini Quartet’ – the only complete set of Stradivarius instruments known to exist today. All four were once owned by Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840).

“I think it’s wonderful quartet playing; very warm and romantic in approach to Mozart … it’s very stylish … it’s very natural and relaxed, there’s a lot of warmth and affection in it I think, they really care about this music.” CD Review, 16th January 2016

“these players bring an astonishing variety of vibrato, nuance and colour. These are, indeed, distinctly Romanic readings that could have more doctrinaire authenticists tut-tutting.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2016

“compelling Hagen accounts…of…elevated quality. This release is well worth adding to any chamber music collection.” MusicWeb International, March 2016

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