The Amadeus Brothers?

 Punch Brothers are continuing to use their semi-regular Thursday show at The Living Room in New York City to try out some of their more adventurous undertakings.

We posted a video of them performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major a month ago, and now there is video of them tackling Mozart’s Spring Quartet with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar.

They played the fourth and final movement of the quartet (Molto allegro), which carries the full title The String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387. It was composed in 1782 while Mozart was living in Vienna, and is the first of six quartets he wrote and dedicated to Joseph Haydn.

Serious students of classical music can decide for themselves how successfully Punch Brothers interpret Mozart’s music, but we at Bluegrass Today salute them for taking risks with their music, and pushing themselves – and the instruments they play – into places where they aren’t familiar.

Hat’s off to Thile and his merry band!

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.