Auryn Quartet is an old acquaintance from the German label TACET. This time they have teamed up with the prolific violinist Nobuko Imai to make a box with complete recordings of Mozart's string quartets.
Auryn Quartet has a formidable array of recordings with TACET, and a large number of these consist of Haydn's complete string quartets. They are also recorded in multi-channel, and I reviewed Opus 76, released on Blu-ray Audio here.
This time, it is Mozart`s String Quintets thay have recorded, and they have allied themselves with violinist Nuboki Imai, who has a discography of over 40 recordings at the record label BIS, Chandos and Deutsche Grammophon. Mozart composed his first String Quintet at the age of 17, in 1773. The remaining five quintet was composed towards the end of his short life, during the period from 1787 to 1791. He died just eight months after the last quintet was completed.
I know Auryn Quartet as a vibrant and dynamic interpreter, and this great 3 CDs box is not an exception. At the same time interpretations are full of warmth.
The sound is as always from TACET at a very high Level of quality. In this Box there are regular CDs, and not Blu-ray with multi channel recordings, as TACET also produces frequently. But we find another little interesting note on the CD that says "Inspiring Tube Sound". This means that it is used old tube mikrophones, manufactured between 1940 and 1960.
The sound is very good, with great dynamism and good perspective. The sound is perhaps a tad warmer than I am used to from TACET`s Auryn recordings. Whether this has a background in the aforementioned microphones should be unsaid.
All in all a very inerresting and great collection of Mozart's Complete String Quintets.