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MOZART // The Complete String Quintets

Talich Quartet,

Why is Mozart’s music, even though its vocabulary and codes are so firmly anchored in the latter half of the eighteenth century, still so amazingly resonant today?

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Mozart wrote these masterpieces over two centuries ago, yet somehow they remain so familiar, so moving, so relevant to our lives, even though we live in an entirely different era. And then there are the small miracles: the encounter between Mozart and a handful of inspired interpreters. We have all experienced a moment of ineffable grace, thanks to recordings – when Clara Haskil or Murray Perahia play one of his piano concertos, Carlo-Maria Giulini conducts Don Giovanni, Teresa Berganza sings Cherubino, Arthur Grumiaux interprets a sonata or violin concerto, Bruno Walter tackles one of his late symphonies or the Requiem.

We experienced yet again this zenith of musical emotion when the complete Quintets by the Talich Quartet were released in the late 1990s. For the first time, these works – which in reality were performed in concert relatively infrequently and were not widely recorded – became accessible in all of their emotional power and stunning beauty; highly complex yet immediately gripping.

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« THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AND PERFORMANCE QUALITY » - Gramophone

The Talich Quartet, unforgettable in their expressive warmth, matching of timbre and easy, unforced spontaneity.

« SPIRITED AND BUOYANT READING » - Classictoday

This award-winning budget-priced three-disc set is an extraordinary value.

« A REAL FEAST OF MARVELLOUS MOZART PLAYING » - International Record Review

These are magnificent performances, intimate, beautifully nuanced and captured in a warm, clear acoustic that suits the music very well.
This set, made in the 1990s, i one of the finest available, with refreshness and spontaneity allied to a superb sense of style and scale.

Anybody looking for a set of these masterpieces need look no further.

In its forty-five year history, the Talich Quartet, which performs all over the world, has included a number of prestigious Czech musicians.

Talich. The very name conjures up the banks of the Moldau, much loved by Smetana and the residents of Prague. Jan Talich, who founded the quartet in 1964, is the nephew of Vaclav Talich, who conducted the Czech Philharmonic orchestra between 1919 and 1939, achieving giddy heights even before the baton was handed over to Karel Ančerl.
In 1970, Jan Talich handed over the reins to the great violinist Petr Messiereur. Alongside the founder on the viola, the quartet comprised Petr Messiereur and Jan Kvapil on violins and Evzen Rattay on the cello. With this new line-up, the ensemble achieved great success with a national, international and contemporary repertoire.
The success of the first performance given in Paris in 1975 at the invitation of the AMc led to its first invitation to play in the United States in 1976, and an award from the Charles Cros Academy in 1977 for its mythical interpretation of Antonin Dvořàk’s American quartet.

Its back catalogue includes the complete sets of Mozart and Beethoven’s string quartets, Mozart’s string quintets and string quartets by others including Smetana and Janáček.

Taking on the legendary name, the new generation Talich Quartet has been in existence since 1997, when it was given renewed impetus by Jan Talich Jr. It gives concerts worldwide and is still considered to be one of the best contemporary quartets.

The musical style, approach and philosophy of the Talich Quartet are revealed in its international award-winning back catalogue”.

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