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Mozart composed half a dozen quartets as his own view of the quartet literature, which had just been established in the classical works by Haydn’s six works op. 33. The Auryn Quartett, which has been in the formation for almost four decades, is characterized by its own style of presentation, which, based on suggestions, brings together the homogeneous sound of the Amadeus Quartet with the more transparent and individual of the Guarneri Quartet. This approach creates a sound that is both technically sophisticated, warm and lively. For the Mozart quartets, this creates a concise and never irritating sound that subtly illuminates the qualities of the compositions and takes the listener on a journey that is so familiar and yet always leads to the highest enjoyment. The unusually slow introduction of the C-Major quartet is a mysterious and surprising beginning; the rest is certainly not experimental, but always exquisite and exciting.

Uwe Krusch

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