Mozart, W. A.: Three string quartets
Over the past two decades “the arrangement” has enjoyed something of a revival, which would surely be a source of delight to classical composers, although they would never have understood why it fell out of favour in the first place
The present set of three string quartets, arranged from two violin sonatas and a piano trio, were originally published by André in Vienna in 1799. A certain independence is noticeable on the part of the anonymous arranger, but the results are strikingly successful, effectively adding three new works to the Mozart œuvre and providing a welcome and gracious alternative for those quartet players who are seeking to move beyond the familiar, over-exposed repertoire.
The work achieved here amounts to far more than commercial exploitation of someone else’s music of recognised excellence. As an example of common contemporary practice, these expert and for the most part very effective arrangements offer, now as then, the means to keep this music alive in additional performance settings, especially but not exclusively among able amateurs. This edition can be warmly recommended. The Consort, Summer 2010
Full score and parts.