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The Times

The Jerusalem Quartet: Mozart

By Geoff Brown

Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet. And the repertoire, drawn from three different periods of Mozart's life, is marvellous. From the teenage triumph of K157 to the mature subtleties of K589, each example extends the genre's boundaries. Highlights? The finesse of phrasing in K458's minuet; the exquisite tone of the ensemble's cello (formerly played by the great Jacqueline du Pré); and the slow movements that reach ever deeper into Mozart's heart. (Harmonia Mundi; out now)

February 5, 2011

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