Leopold String Trio
Both works presented on this disc conform readily to an early aesthetic theory of the term 'Divertimenti', that music is a language of the emotions. In K563 Mozart adopts the light, engaging divertimento manner as a starting point for all six movements, but in each case introduces surprise elements that have the effect of enriching and deepening the music. This is not a 'light' work by any means, but an intensely passionate 'tour de force'.
K424 for violin and viola is both lively and lyrical, and the wide variety of melodic ideas, elaborate contrapuntal exchanges and ambitious technical demands are especially appealing. From the outset the considerable poise and virtuosity of the supremely talented players of The Leopold String Trio engage the listener in a soundworld of rich textures, elegant melodic lines, pastoral interludes and brilliant concerto-style passagework.