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Mozart Exploded

String Quartet

Armida Quartet's "Mozart Exploded" series offers a deeper understanding of Mozart, juxtaposing all 26 of Mozart’s string quartets alongside new works.

Project Description

Armida Quartet’s Mozart Exploded series offers a deeper understanding of Mozart, juxtaposing all 26 of Mozart’s string quartets alongside new works. The Quartet re-envisions Mozart as a young, radical, and modern composer—an artist who creates musical fireworks.

During a cycle of 10 concerts, the Armida Quartet gives a complete overview of Mozart’s works for string quartet, presenting them alongside contemporary works to allow the audience to experience the music itself as “NEW.” The Quartet custom-designs the individual concerts, drawing on extracurricular performance resources such as readings of the Mozart letters between pieces, light installations, on-stage interviews, collaborations with local DJs, and more.

In addition to performing the Mozart Exploded series, the Armida Quartet is working with publisher Henle Urtext Verlag on an updated edition of all of the Mozart String Quartets. New developments in the investigation of Mozart autographs has led to a number of “new” readings and Armida’s own interpretations. At the end of the Mozart Exploded series, the Armida Quartet will produce a complete Mozart CD with the recordings of all of Mozart’s String Quartets.

Program Examples:

THE HUNT

Jörg Widmann, String Quartet No. 3, The Hunt
Mozart, Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
Mozart, String Quartet No.7 in E-flat major, K.160/159a
Mozart, String Quartet No.17 in B-flat major, K.458

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AMADEUS AND THE INTERIOR MIRRORS

Mozart, String Quartet No.14 in G major, K.387
Johannes Fischer, Canons and sparrows (2016), commissioned by BBC Next Generation Artists Scheme, written for Armida Quartett
Mozart, String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K.590

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MOZART EXPLODED V

Mozart, String Quartet No.8 in F major, K.168 (Vienna Quartet)
David Philip Hefti (b. 1975), String Quartet No. 4 “con fuoco” (2011)
Mozart, String Quartet No.4 in C major, K.157 (Mailänder Quartet)
Mozart, String Quartet No.23 in F major, K.590 (Prussian)

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MOZART EXPLODED VI

Mozart, String Quartet No.8 in F major, K.168 (Vienna Quartet)
Johannes Fischer, Canons and sparrows (2016), commissioned by BBC Next Generation Artists Scheme, written for Armida Quartett
Mozart, String Quartet No.4 in C major, K.157 (Mailänder Quartet)
Mozart, String Quartet No.23 in F major, K.590 (Prussian)

 

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    Mozart, String Quartet No. 9 in A Major, K.169

    I. Molto allegro

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    II. Andante

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    III. Menuetto

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    IV. Rondeau. Allegro

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    Mozart, String Quartet no. 18 in A major, K. 464

    I. Allegro

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    II. Menuetto, Trio

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    III. Andante

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    IV. Allegro non troppo

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    Mozart, String Quartet No. 22 in B Flat Major K. 589 

    I. Allegro

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    II. Larghetto

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    III. Menuetto, Moderato

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    IV. Allegro Assai

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