Artist: Michael Barenboim, Yulia Deyneka, Kian Soltani & Daniel Barenboim
Title: Mozart: Piano Quartets (Live At Pierre Boulez Saal)
Release Date: 2018
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
The second album set for release this summer represents Barenboim’s Chamber Music series with a wonderful ensemble: Yulia Deyneka who works as professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy and is the principal viola of the Berlin Staatskapelle. Michael Barenboim, who is Maestro Barenboim’s son, an acclaimed violinist and West-Eastern Divan’s concert master. And DGs newly signed cellist, Kian Soltani who’s debut album ‘Home’ was released earlier this year.
Both Piano Quartets have been recorded at Pierre Boulez Saal. One of them, the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, was recorded at Pierre Boulez Saal’s inauguration concert in March 2017.
Characterful, congenial performances from Barenboim and three alumni of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (including his violinist son, Michael) — the tuttis have a big-boned, near-orchestral quality, but there’s no lack of delicacy when required. The pianist is very much Master of Ceremonies in the concerto-like opening of the G minor Quartet, but knows exactly when to take the spotlight and when to recede. – Presto Classical, August 2018
Where many make a simplistic distinction between the pieces — the G minor is darkly dramatic, the E flat, K493, relaxed and convivial — the truth is more complex, and these players respond accordingly…Barenboim’s piano command is elegance itself, and his colleagues play with mature imagination. – Sunday Times,12th August 2018
- Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478 – 1. Allegro – 14:35
- Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478 – 2. Andante – 7:08
- Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478 – 3. Rondo (Allegro moderato) – 7:53
- Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493 – 1. Allegro – 14:41
- Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493 – 2. Larghetto – 12:58
- Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493 – 3. Allegretto – 9:34