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Published on Sep 17, 2016
I. Larghetto -Allegro II. Adagio III. Menuetto: Allegretto IV. Allegro ·
Mozart's penultimate string quintet was written in December 1790, but only published in 1793 after his death, when it was said to have been written "for a Hungarian music lover". This may well have been Johann Tost (also a friend of Haydn). As in many of Mozart's later works, there are anticipations of many of the characteristics of musical romanticism, with innovations in texture, changes of key, and unexpected recurrences of motifs in, and between, the work's different movements; but it is also notably rich in counterpoint, with many of the instrumental exchanges in the slow movement being particularly rich and expressive.
The Kodaly Quartet is joined by Avishai Chaimedes (2nd viola) for this performance on the opening night of the 2016 Indian Summer in Levoca Festival. Concert given with the support of the Hungarian Institute in Bratislava.