Mozart: Flute Quartets
Format: COMPACT DISC
Nicolet, Aurèle; Munich String Trio
Serene, almost heavenly in mood, the four masterpieces stand alone in Mozart’s oeuvre. This is the only time he combined flute and solo strings-to bewitchingly elegant effect, be it in invention, emotion, or formal diversity. Each movement has a particular character, for instance the Andantino con Variazioni in the C major Quartet, a delightful cycle lasting over 11 minutes, or the Adagio in the D major Quartet, filled with the “sweetest melancholy, perhaps the loveliest accompanied solo ever written for the flute” (Alfred Einstein.) The great flutist Aurele Nicolet, for years solo flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker, possessed a characteristically transparent tone that made him the ideal interpreter of Mozart: “A tone of pure silver” is how the Neue Zurcher Zeitung described it in its obituary of Aurele Nicolet. It is a singular stroke of luck that this recording was made with the Munchner Streichtrio, whose unique style was molded by violinist Ana Chumachenco, now an internationally renowned pedagogue.