Mozart, String Quartets Vol. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart, String Quartets Vol. 3

Armida Quartett

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085530328
Catalog number: AVI 8553032
Releasedate: 04-12-20

- This double album is the Vol. III of the planned complete recordings of Mozart’s string quartets, a plan which is quite unusual these days
- Highly acclaimed and welcomed by the international press already the Vol. I + II
- Over 5 years the Armida Quartet, winner of the ARD competition in 2011 and of many other awards, the quartet is recording in co-operation with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich and others the entire cycle.


…….With the recordings on this CD, the Armida Quartet has reached the halfway mark in a project that seeks to intimately explore an entire mountain range:

Mozart’s complete works for string quartet, to which they devote intense scrutiny within the framework of a recital series that pairs them with contemporary works specifically commissioned for the occasion.

This requires our musicians to pay a particularly attentive ear: history remains unscathed, but the members of the Armida Quartet want to call ingrained listening habits into question. By implication, they explore Mozart’s works as if the composer was looking over their shoulder. In collaboration with Henle music publishers and musicologist Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, they have embarked on a “workshop exploration” of Mozart’s string quartets in the original manuscript.

The occasional discovery of certain hitherto overlooked details leads them to interpret certain passages in exciting new ways. All the while, they gain increasing familiarity and assurance as they delve ever more deeply into the master’s musical language. The sources also confirm something that Mozart alluded to in his dedication of the six “Haydn” Quartets to his revered colleague: the fact that the work of composing can be painstaking, at times laborious.

Haydn, in return, testified to Mozart’s “greatest science of composition”, which not only implied a high level of mastery, but also the younger colleague’s capacity to ensure that the listener never felt annoyed or overwhelmed, since Mozart, as Haydn assured, “has taste”. ….. (Excerpt from the booklet notes by Hansjörg Ewert)


“Without a doubt, the Armida Quartet is one of the young newcomer ensembles that lets us experience
music in a new way. We need not worry about the future of chamber music: it is already here.”
RONDO magazine, 2 Jan 2016

With their spectacular triumph at the International ARD Competition in Munich in 2012, where they won
First Prize, the Audience Prize and six further prizes, the young string quartet from Berlin embarked on
a unique musical career. The BBC featured them from 2014 to 2016 in a great number of recitals and
broadcast recordings within the framework of its “New Generation Artists” series. In the 2016/17
season they were part of the renowned “Rising Stars” series organized by the great European
concert halls; ever since then, the quartet tours the finest chamber music auditoriums in Europe,
Asia, and the US.

Founded in Berlin in 2006, the Armida Quartet took its name from an opera by Haydn, the “father
of the string quartet”. They have studied with former members of the Artemis Quartet and Rainer
Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), drawing further inspiration from Reinhard Goebel, Alfred Brendel, Marek
Janowski, and Tabea Zimmermann.

Apart from regular appearances at outstanding European music festivals such as Mecklenburg-
Vorpommern and Rheingau, the quartet has enjoyed great success at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam,
the Philharmonie in Berlin, and Wigmore Hall in London. The ensemble also takes up the function of
artistic director: not only as Artist in Residence for the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, but also
with its own recital series, “Mozart Exploded”, which has caused a sensation from Berlin to New
York. Planned over a time span of several years, this extensive series will gradually present the
complete Mozart string quartets, coupled on each occasion with contemporary music and experimental
recital forms.

In 2016 the young musicians launched a special cooperation project with the renowned G. Henle
music publishing house: they not only serve as consultants for the new Henle Urtext edition of the
complete Mozart string quartets, but they also make their own fingerings and bowings available for
the associated Henle Library App.

Thus, the Armida Quartet is not only placing itself at the forefront
of technical musical development, but is strongly advocating for a closer collaboration between
performing artists and musicologists in the future. With its complete recording of the Mozart string
quartets foreseen to appear in installments up to 2021, the Armida Quartet will thus be able to
present these new accomplishments to a wider audience.

The ensemble’s debut CD in 2013, featuring works by Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, and György Kurtág,
was selected by the German Record Critics’ Award for its critics’ choice list. Further recordings
ensued, with works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Shostakovich, followed by the CD Fuga Magna in
2017, a fugue journey through the centuries.

Working with chamber partners is an inspiration for the Armida Quartet: they have additionally worked
with Thomas Hampson, Martin Fröst, Tabea Zimmermann, Jörg Widmann, Julian Steckel, Sabine
Meyer, and Daniel Müller-Schott. Apart from their concert activities, the quartet gives masterclasses in
Germany and abroad, and they are active in social programs and youth projects including Rhapsody
in School and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now.