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Ryba: Quartets / Ostry, M. Nostitz Quartet

Album Summary

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Flute and Strings in C major
>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Strings in A minor
>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Flute and Strings in F major
>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Strings in D minor
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Notes & Reviews:

"Jakub Jan Ryba (1765-1815) was a prolific Czech composer, but only a few of his works have survived. At one time he had 72 quartets listed, but only these four are extant. He wrote a huge quantity of church music including 90 masses and seven requiems plus hundreds of graduals, motets, and other works. He also wrote widely in instrumental and orchestra fields, though most of that is also lost. Anyone who knows Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass will need no further encouragement to obtain this. Son of a teacher, he had good musical training. Much of his life was spent as a teacher in Rozmital from 1788 until he committed suicide in 1815. His two surviving flute quartets were written in 1811. They are really quite splendid and imaginative. The second imitates bird calls in the opening movement. Both of his surviving string quartets are from 1801 and are just as polished as the flute quartets. The second shows many similarities to Mozart's Dissonant Quartet. Naxos wisely alternates between the two forms. Both Jan Ostry and the Nostitz Quartet came on the musical scene in the 1990s and are musically excellent, as one might expect from graduates of the Czech Academy of music. The recording is rich and full and gives the instrumentalists well-balanced exposure. The notes are excellent. Considering the bargain price, you can't afford to pass this up." -ARG



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>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Flute and Strings in C major
  • Performer: Jan Ostry (Flute)
  • Ensemble: M. Nostitz Quartet
  • Notes: Studio Arco Diva in Domovine, Prage, Czech Republic (11/09/2004-11/12/2004)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Strings in A minor
  • Ensemble: M. Nostitz Quartet
  • Notes: Studio Arco Diva in Domovine, Prage, Czech Republic (11/09/2004-11/12/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Flute and Strings in F major
  • Performer: Jan Ostry (Flute)
  • Ensemble: M. Nostitz Quartet
  • Notes: Studio Arco Diva in Domovine, Prage, Czech Republic (11/09/2004-11/12/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1811

>Ryba, Jakub Jan : Quartet for Strings in D minor
  • Ensemble: M. Nostitz Quartet
  • Notes: Studio Arco Diva in Domovine, Prage, Czech Republic (11/09/2004-11/12/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music