I'm aiming to hear as many interesting performances as I can.
As far as the quintets are concerned, some are old friends like Griller and Grumiaux and The Budapest Quartet, which I've known and loved since I was a kid. But this time round my greatest pleasure has come from two which I'd passed over before - Orlando and Kuijken.
Kuijken is especially pleasing because it's one of the very few period performances of post-baroque music which really has new things to say, through being informed. I was less impressed by his CDs of Mozart quartets, but I plan to revisit.
And talking of quartets, my biggest discovery recently has been the Ebene CD, which is exactly what I want from Mozart. The thing that I've startet to value most in Mozart is the sense of hearing each line of the music equally. The quartets played in a way which really brings out the points where the music clashes harmonically, or where one line holds back another or pushes another forward.
If you know of any interesting performances, old or new, let me know. i'm keen to hear what people have made of this music.
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