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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet #4 in A K 298

The Flute Quartet No. 4 in A major, K. 298, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is Mozart’s final composition for flute quartet. Unlike the previous three quartets, written for the flutist Ferdinand De Jean, the Quartet in A is believed to have been written for recreational purposes, as opposed to on commission. The low Köchel number is misleading. The work is thought to have been written sometime in 1786 or 1787, only a few years before the composer’s death.
It is in three movements:
1. Andante, Theme and variations
2. Menuetto, D major, 3/4
3. Rondeau: [Allegretto grazioso], 2/4
The third movement is notable for its almost humorously detailed tempo indication: “Rondieaoux: Allegretto grazioso, ma non troppo presto, pero non troppo adagio. Così-così—non molto garbo ed espressione” (or, translated, “A joke rondo: Allegretto grazioso, but not too fast, nor too slow. So-so—with great elegance and expression”).
A typical performance lasts about 11 minutes.
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I. Allegro con brio – [0:06]
II. Adagio – [9:57]
III. Allegretto grazioso, molto vivace – [21:28]
IV. Allegro ma non troppo – [27:05]
Wiener Philharmoniker – 
Herbert von Karajan, Leitung –
Großer Musikvereinssaal Wien
Januar/Februar 1985

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Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

Ingryd Thorson & Julian Thurber, piano

Antonín Dvořák – Legends, Op. 59

1. Allegretto non troppo, quasi andantino [D minor] 3’03
2. Molto moderato [G major] 4’08
3. Allegro giusto [G minor] 4’11
4. Molto maestoso [C major] 5’30
5. Allegro giusto [A flat major] 4’16
6. Allegro con moto [C sharp minor] 4’21
7. Allegretto grazioso [A major] 2’14
8. Un poco allegretto e grazioso, quasi andantino [F major] 3’16
9. Andante con moto [D major] 2’27
10. Andante [B flat minor] 3’14


BRAHMS 16 Hungarian Dances – LSO, Antal Dorati, 1960

Johannes BRAHMS: 16 Hungarian Dances WoO 1 (1869)
0:20 / No.5, G min: Allegro – Vivace (orch. Martin Schmeling)
2:29 / No.6, D maj: Vivace (orch. Martin Schmeling)
5:15 / No.7, F maj: Allegretto – Vivo (orch. Martin Schmeling)
7:12 / No.21, E min: Vivace – E major: Più Presto (orch. Dvorak*)
8:38 / No.11, D min: Poco andante (orch. Albert Parlow)
12:04 / No.2, D min: Allegro non assai-Vivace (*/Andreas Hallen)
14:50 / No.1, G min: Allegro molto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
17:32 / No.10, F maj: Presto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
19:20 / No.3, F maj: Allegretto (orch. Johannes Brahms)
21:32 / No.18, D maj: Molto vivace (orch. Antonin Dvorak)
22:57 / No.17, F# min: Andantino – Vivace (orch. Dvorak)
25:32 / No.19, B min: Allegretto (orch. Antonin Dvorak)
27:35 / No.20, E min: Poco allegretto – Vivace (orch. Dvorak)
29:56 / No.12, D min: Presto (orch. Albert Parlow)
32:06 / No.15, Bb maj: Allegretto grazioso (orch. Albert Parlow)
34:54 / No.4, F# min: Poco sostenuto – Vivace (orch. Paul Juon)
London Symphony Orchestra – Antal Doráti, conductor
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