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MOZART, W.A.: Viola Quintets (Tursi, Fine Arts Quartet) (1975)

MOZART, W.A.: Viola Quintets (Tursi, Fine Arts Quartet) (1975)

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Francis Tursi


Fine Arts Quartet



Small Recital Hall, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, United States


Record Label
Music and Arts




Total Time - 159:08
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MOZART, W.A.: Viola Quintets (Tursi, Fine Arts Quartet) (1975)




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String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K. 174*

1 I. Allegro Moderato 6:44
2 II. Adagio 5:41
3 III. Menuetto ma Allegro 3:46
4 IV. Allegro 4:41

String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K. 593*

5 I. Larghetto 7:34
6 II. Adagio 7:20
7 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 5:09
8 IV. Allegro 4:02

String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515*

9 I. Allegro 10:25
10 II. Menuetto: Allegretto 6:37
11 III. Andante 9:48
12 IV. Allegro 7:50

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String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516*

1 I. Allegro 8:26
2 II. Menuetto 5:15
3 III. Adagio ma non troppo 8:29
4 IV. Adagio - Allegro 11:22

String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K. 406*

5 I. Allegro 6:27
6 II. Andante 4:24
7 III. Minuetto in canone - Trio al rovescio 4:24
8 IV. Allegro 6:23

String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K. 614*

9 I. Allegretto di Molto 5:37
10 II. Andante 8:45
11 III. Menuetto: Allegretto 4:23
12 IV. Allegro 5:36
 Francis Tursi Soloist

For players and listeners alike, the viola quintets of Mozart stand among the highest examples of chamber music. There are many who would not hesitate to name the most often heard of them (the C major and G minor) as representing some of the finest music in our heritage, in any category. The Fine Arts Quartet, which recorded these masterpieces for Vox, was a distinguished American ensemble, tracing its beginnings to the early 1940s in Chicago. Military service in World War II intervened, however, and it was not until 1946 that the definitive career of the quartet began, with members Leonard Sorkin and Joseph Stepansky, violins; Shephard Lehnhoff, viola; and George Sopkin, cello. With the 2d violin and viola changing a number of times, the Quartet with founding members Sopkin and Sorkin performed until about 1981. A recent collection of previously unissued broadcast performances by the Quartet on Music & Arts received international acclaim, and a 2800 word essay on the Quartet appeared in the April 28 issue of Chamber Music Magazine (USA).

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