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MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563 (Kraggerud, Tomter, C. Richter)

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release date: November 2011


Henning Kraggerud



Lindemannsalen, Musikkhogskole Oslo, Norway

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Total Time - 50:56
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MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563 (Kraggerud, Tomter, C. Richter)



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Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563

1 I. Allegro 12:15
2 II. Adagio 10:54
3 III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio 5:06
4 IV. Andante 7:05
5 V. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio I - Trio II 5:17
6 VI. Allegro 6:22

String Trio in G major, K. Anh. 66 (K. 562e)

 Henning Kraggerud Soloist

At the peak of his powers, but beset by cash-flow problems brought on by living beyond his means, Mozart composed his famous String Trio, K. 563 for his friend, fellow-mason and creditor Johann Michael Puchberg. While labelled ‘Divertimento’, this masterful six-movement work is one of Mozart’s most substantial pieces for string trio and one of his greatest works. The Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, who has made a number of highly-praised Naxos recordings, joins prize-winning compatriot Lars Anders Tomter (who has recorded the Walton Viola Concerto for Naxos) and acclaimed German cellist Christoph Richter.

"...Naxos has issued an excellent performance by violinist Henning Kraggerud, violist Lars Anders Tomter and cellist Christoph Richter (NX 2258) ...This performance may be slightly less intense than the Zimmermann at times, but it’s a warm, rich reading that is beautifully recorded. At the bargain Naxos price it’s a great way to obtain a superb work that is quite simply Mozart at his best "

Terry Robbins - The WholeNote - September 2011

                                           ’Critics Choice’

"...I was eager to hear this. I have heard Mr Kraggerud in concert and liked his tone and his approach. He is quite good here. Fortunately he has not fallen for the vibratoless playing that is often coming out of Europe these days. This will serve me much better than recordings by more famous musicians ..."

Donald R Vroon - American Record Guide - November 2011

"...Mozart’s Divertimento for string trio in E flat major, K. 563, is unique in his output and exemplifies to the hilt his ability to infuse light, conventional forms with compact complexity ... this release by a trio of Norwegian and German musicians is one of the best, most absorbing versions available... these players convey a strong sense of exploring the work in real time, with particularly lively dialogues carried on between violinist Henning Kraggerud and cellist Christoph Richter. This album, in fact, has the feel of the classic all-star chamber groups of the middle of the last century, such as those in which Pablo Casals was often involved, and this kind of approach has rarely been applied to this particular work, which richly deserves it. Highly recommended."

James Manheim - - August 2011

                Artistic Quality 10        Sound Quality 10

"I’m thinking in particular of cellist Christoph Richter’s delightful, swooping comments at the end of the first-movement exposition, the almost “parlante” phrasing of the finale’s principal rondo theme, and the generously lyrical phrasing of the grand second-movement Adagio. In music bursting with some of Mozart’s catchiest tunes, there’s never a moment that turns dull or static in this performance, and the sonics let the music breathe in a warm but ideally intimate setting. You really can’t have too many versions of this piece, one of the glories of the chamber music literature. Let this be one of them."

David Hurwitz - - June 2011

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