String Quartet no. 19 in C 'Dissonant', K. 465

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his Quartet in C major, K. 465 in 1785. The last of the six quartets Mozart dedicated to Haydn, it owes its Dissonant nickname to its slow, tense introduction, full of unresolved harmonies over a throbbing cello line. Soon enough, this disorienting Adagio gives way to the first movement's bright, Allegro main matter. The first violin sings out the short-phrased principal theme, which the other instruments soon pick up in contrapuntal imitation. A second, more jittery melody and a third in triplets all become fodder for a ... more

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Music recordings

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Recording I. Adagio, Allegro Download
Recording II. Andante Cantabile Download
Recording III. Menuetto. Allegro Download
Recording IV. Allegro Molto Download



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