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The Florestan Trio, Piano Trio recordings on Hyperion are delightful.
There are two separate Mozart packages from the 'Andante' label that I would not want to have to live without. One of them is a set of live radio broadcasts from the Salzburg Festival consisting of string quartets and the clarinet quintet.
The bands are The Juilliard, The Smetana, The Barylli, The Emerson, The Tokyo and The Cleveland. The other set contains live recordings of the Vienna Philharmonic which features M. Polinni playing piano concertos, D. Oistrakh as conductor of concertante and the Jupiter and Lucia Popp conducting the Requiem in D minor.
If you like the violin concertos, my recommendation would be Anne Sophie Mutter and The London Philharmonic on DG.
'Mozart led a pretty rough life, and only wrote one piece in a minor key.'
Can you clarify about this minor key claim, Mozart wrote in a minor key much of the time, so this claim is puzzling to me. Whether he wrote in major or minor had little, if anything at all, to do with his personal life.
Although Mozart was broke most of the time, he typically had money coming in due to the self promotion of his concerts, his private commissions and his posts to the courts. He was employed nearly all of his life. Mozart was just notoriously bad at saving money but compared to his contemporaries, he did pretty well financially. What Mozart did suffer from was an insecurity of self image due to his having been scarred by small pox from an early age.
You are correct. More major than I thought. An acid flash from the '60s. Major or minor, please take that with a grain of salt as far as happiness. Minor = imho, sadness/disquiet/troubled/glass half empty. Yep, small pox scars doesn't help. If he made $$ and spent it unwisely, we still have a money issue, no? He fared better than most, but was impecunious most of his life...poor? No, but always needy for the $$.
Learsfool, at the Central Cemetary in Vienna, Schubert is buried next to Brahms, with Hugo Wolf just a few graves down. Wolf is still popular in the German lands.When I went to pay homage to Schubert, Japanese tourists had his entire grave covered in hundred of roses, one was actually lying next to the grave crying like a baby !
No discussion of Mozart's chamber works would be complete without mention of his Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major ("Gran Partita"), K. 361. Amazing music that as Salieri is purported to have said is "like listening to the voice of God". Of special note is his use of a pair of basset horns; a seldom heard instrument, member of the clarinet family, which is essentially an alto clarinet in the key of F. A beautiful sonority that perfectly fills in the harmonic "gap" between the clarinets and the bassoons. The Charles Mackerras/Orchestra Of St. Luke's recording on Telarc is very fine on all counts. Highly recommended!
BTW, on the subject of insanity and the power of Mozart's music: I swear that only Mozart can get my pet parrot to sing along.
Frogman, I have a Shetland Sheepdog named Wolfie after you guessed it, Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart himself. Short of stature and a rather large nose. The dog that is. Now this dog loves music, especially Schubert's chamber music, as evidenced by his propensity to sing along with the violins. Only on rare occasions will he sing along with anything other than Schuberts late quartets. Even if he doesn't sing along, he usually wanders into the music room when he hears the music start. Ironically, my wife wanted to name him Schubert. I just had to name him Wolfgang.
Dogs have big hearts, Schubert has the most "heart" of all the great composers. Also like dogs, Schubert had not a phoney bone in his body or in his music.
God loves us and knowing dogs are "mans best friend",
he had to let them in on his greatest earthly gift to us, serious music, and of course Schubert came to mind.
you might be interested in some of the later Mozart masterpieces, the String Quintets. He wrote six of them. k593 and K614 are widely thought of as supreme. The artist is the Grumiaux Trio with two guests filling out the roster. Its a phillips LP collection recorded in the 70's. My favorite is K515 in C.
I certainly do not mean to belittle Beethoven, you'd have to be an even bigger fool than me to do that!
A way of putting is, on a scale of 1-10;
Bach is a 27 ,
Schubert and Mozart a 9.5
Beethoven a 9 .
Bach died at 65
Beethoven at 56
Mozart at 35
Schubert at 31, and only Beethoven was perhaps as sick as he during his last years.
IMHO , if Franz had lived as long as even Mozart ,well you get it.
50 years ago European critical opinion had Schubert as a relatively minor composer, in the last 2 decades it has shifted greatly, largely to where I stand .
Most of the criticism you hear about his chamber music strikes me as like saying I wouldn't have gone out with the young Elizabeth Taylor because she was too pretty.
Kmcarthy, Schuberts op 99 and 100 trios are true wonderworks of music, no other works I'm aware of ride the very peaks of human emotion for that long while maintaining
such complete harmonic and melodic integrity.
I once heard Arthur Rubenstein say Schubert's op 161 Pn Quintet was the most lovely piece ever written and he wanted it played at his funeral.
One of my great moments was when I visited the Vienna Central Cemetery and discovered Schubert was buried right next to Brahms. Almost wanted to die right on the spot to see if I could hear their conversation. (no joke)