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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

Firstly, the name: We wanted our Mozart project to sound somehow radical and modern – just like Mozart actually wrote string quartets: in search for a new way. The ordinary association with Mozart nowadays seems to be: sweet euphony and pleasing melodies. We wanted this cliché to explode – it is, if any, only partly true. In addition to that; Mozart as an artist appeared in the musical world like fireworks do. Especially for the medium String Quartet his impact was essential for any music historical evolution; just think of Beethoven!

Mozart was young, and he was modern – we want our listeners to feel and to hear this. That is why we combine his works with contemporary composers. During a cycle of 10 concerts we want to give a complete overview of Mozart`s works for string quartet (yes, also the early ones which are so worth to be played and heard!) as well as we want to allow the audience to experience the music itself as “NEW”.

That is why we want to create an extraordinary strong connection between the music of Mozart and each contemporary piece. That may result in reading Mozart letters and modern lyrics between the pieces or it may result in a light installation, in a DJ performance, in on-stage-interviews ….Each concert evening has its own shape, closely linked to the character of the pieces we are playing.

But the “new” sound of Mozart does not only result from this more or less “external” parameters – as students of Reinhard Goebel, one of the best informed specialist of “Early Music” we developed our own style of making Mozart sound fresh and actual. There actually is more than his beautiful melodies to explore that is still of very high relevance to us, the kids of the 21th century. Additionally we are currently working together with the Henle Urtext Verlag on a new edition of all Mozart Quartets. New developments in the investigation of Mozart autographs leaded to a number of “new” readings and this again enters in our very own interpretation, basing on the actual insights.

People in Berlin love the project, we have had a lot of great feedback, being titled “best cultural event of 2016“ for example. Some people later wrote us that they actually could hear Mozart completely new; and this one of the things want to achieve!

Every concert is accompanied by a camera team and in the end of the project there will be a complete Mozart CD box with the recordings of all String Quartets by Mozart.

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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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