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Hagen Quartett: Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings / Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 (2000)

Hagen Quartett , Lukas Hagen  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hagen Quartett, Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt, Veronika Hagen, Clemens Hagen
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U1L9NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,564 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This 2000 concert from the Salzburg "Mozartwoche" features works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Weber. Sabine Meyer is featured on clarinet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Masterworks Played Masterfully June 11, 2009
This is the third DVD of the Hagen Quartet that I've reviewed. I also gave the earlier DVDs a five-star rating: Mozart: String Quartets, Hagen Quartett - Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor "Death and the Maiden"; Ravel: String Quartet in F Major. As I've said before, surely the Hagens are the best quartet to come out of Austria since the Berg Quartet. (In the interest of accuracy, I should mention that the second violinist Rainer Schmidt is German. The original second violinist, the fourth Hagen sibling, Angelika, was replaced by a cousin, Annette Bik, but in the late 1980s replaced by Schmidt. Throughout their existence they have called Salzburg home.) The Hagens are, I suppose, the European equivalent of the Emerson Quartet: spot-on accuracy, rhythmic aliveness, clean sound, equally at home in the classic and contemporary quartet literature. There are those who assume that because the Hagens originally made their mark in newer works they would sound too lean, too driven for the Classic or Romantic literature. Not so. They are perfectly able to modify their approach to fit the period of the work at hand. And that is the case in these performances of the Beethoven Op. 135 Quartet and the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. In the Mozart they are joined by one of the foremost clarinetists before the public, the almost-legendary Sabine Meyer. These are live performances from the stage of Salzburg's Mozarteum, recorded in 2000.

The Beethoven Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, is the composer's last completed quartet and one of the briefest.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Beethoven, spirited Mozart June 11, 2009
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I should say that I bought this concert DVD mainly for the Mozart Qunitet, as I have already got the Beethoven Opus 135 on the Alban Berg disc of Beethoven String Quartets, and in this repertoire the ABQ are difficult to surpass. One might even be tempted to nitpick and say that perhaps they are a tad too smooth and accomplished so polished are they in their pursuit of technical perfection. The Hagen Quartet are amongst the foremost quartets today and enjoy a formidable international reputation for musicality and accurate ensemble music making. Here in this live recording at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2000,they play Beethoven's last work with intensity and introspection. Technically faultless they give a stirring account and I particularly enjoyed the slow third movement. They are well recorded and both audio and video are of very high standards. The performers seem to be caught in the glow of a golden light and skin tone, the red-brown hue of the violins/viola/cello and the black of the tuxedos all look very natural. The mood of the Beethoven may be sombre and serious but this soon evaporates when the Hagen Qt. are joined on stage by virtuoso clarinetist Sabine Meyer in an spirited performance of the Mozart Quintet. Meyer is a soloist of the first order and a celebrity in her own right. She plays the basset clarinet here as intended by the composer and what glorious dulcet tones she produces from her instrument. Of course who cannot be seduced by the melodic invention of this work? This is arguably the most sublime music ever written for the clarinet by anyone. Here you can hear how Mozart weaves his magic. The high notes of the clarinet seem to just float whilst in the background the violins and viola murmur and now and again the cello sings its sonorous lines. Exquisite. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Performance to enjoy February 20, 2013
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One of my favorite Mozart pieces. Excellent performance. A beautiful tone from the soloest. A real family quartet (three out of four anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting program well played and recorded July 23, 2012
This disc features performers of the highest calibre performing at Salzburg in 2000. The Hagen Quartett has an enviable reputation as one of the world's leading chamber groups and Sabine Meyer is of equal stature as a clarinettist having come to prominence under Karajan and as a former lead clarinet in the BPO. She now has a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician.

The first item here is Beethoven's taxing 16th, and last, string quartet Op.135. This is given a performance to compare with any other currently available. Technical aspects such as intonation are of no concern to these fine players. This leaves them free to concentrate on the matters of interpretation. The playing is typically tightly incisive with and intense control over the emotional span of the music. The general choice of tempi is forward pressing which adds to the urgency and drama of their interpretation. This is a very fine performance indeed which is able to communicate Beethoven's complex final creation with greater clarity than is often the case.

These characteristics of complete technical security and of generally forward moving tempi coupled with incisive phrasing also apply to the performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet. Sabine Meyer and the Hagens are seemingly at one with this interpretation which is sparklingly effective. The short minuet from Weber's Clarinet Quintet is the ideal encore and is greatly appreciated by the enthusiastic audience.

The recording offers clear imaging and sympathetic camera work. The sound is very good and is presented in DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 and stereo. The sleeve notes offer an interesting resumé of the recording's contents.

For anyone attracted to this particular coupling this issue offers a very high level of musical satisfaction and fine value. As such it seems totally reasonable to rate it as a 5 star disc.
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