Notes & Reviews:
Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789) - The true inventor of the string quartet? - Recent research by musicologists shows it is safe to assume that those works were very likely the seven quartets of opus 5, which are now to be released for the first time in a complete recording on the SOLO MUSICA label. Two exceptional CDs have been compiled, in cooperation with the SWR broadcasting company, featuring the casalQuartett from Zurich, an ensemble that won an ECHO Klassik award in 2010. As was the case on their previous two "BIRTH of the STRING QUARTET" CDs, this release features some almost unknown examples of stunningly beautiful string quartets played on four unique instruments by Jacobus Stainer, one of the most-sought-after European violin-makers of the 18th century. This release represents a milestone in the string literature, bringing to life works written 250 years ago, and it makes the case for a well-earned revival of one of the founding fathers of the string quartet.
Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789), Mannheim master of counterpoint and a composer of the most exquisite chamber music and symphonies, receives the posthumous honor of having his seven quartets, op. 5, released for the first time in a complete recording on the SOLO MUSICA label. Two exceptional CDs have been compiled, in cooperation with the SWR broadcasting company, featuring the Casal Quartett from Zurich.
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Casal Quartet performs these works with polish and a beautifully blended sound. Many wonderful details come through in these performances. There's perfect clarity in the complex interweaving melodic lines of the Quartet in G minor, Op. 5:5. And there's affecting lyricism in the opening Larghetto of the Quartet in E-flat, Op. 5:4. The highlight of the two-disc set is the marvelous fugue that closes the Quartet in B-flat, Op. 5:2, which is played with energy, precision, and unbridled joy.
Recording information: Ref. Kirche Bachs, ZH (09/28/2012-10/03/2012).
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Works DetailsRichter, Franz Xaver : String Quartets (6), Op. 5
- Ensemble: Casal Quartett
- Notes: Ref. Kirche Bachs, ZH (09/28/2012-10/03/2012)
- Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Classical