Reicha: String Quartets, Volume 1
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Anton Reicha: Complete String Quartets, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0022
EAN: 5060113440228
Release Date: 3 June 2013
Duration: 64:15

Quartet in C, Op. 48 No. 1
Quartet in G, Op. 48 No. 2

Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet

The Czech-born composer Anton Reicha (1770–1836) was an exact contemporary of Beethoven – and his close friend from their mid-teens. The music of each man shows an awareness of what the other was doing: they showed each other their compositions-in-progress. But although Reicha was closely associated with one of the best-known names in western culture, his own music has been grievously neglected: only his woodwind quintets have achieved any currency. Of his vast cycle of almost forty string quartets just one has been recorded before – an omission this ambitious project intends to put right, thereby revealing one of the most inventive and engaging spirits in classical music.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
1-4 String Quartet in C major, Op. 48, No. 1 (c. 1802)

Anton Reicha, composer
Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
1 I Allegro non troppo 13:38 play
2 II Adagio 8:45 play
3 III Menuetto: Allegro 5:20 play
4 IV Finale: Presto 5:05 play
5-8 String Quartet in G major, Op. 48, No. 2 (c. 1802)

Anton Reicha, composer
Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
5 I Allegro 11:16 play
6 II Adagio un poco Andante 8:20 play
7 III Menuetto: Allegro 5:48 play
8 IV Finale: Allegretto 6:03 play


Anton Reicha (1815)

Anton Reicha, composer
[credit: Claude-Marie-François Dien]

Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skærved and Mihailo Trandafilovski, violins; Morgan Goff, viola; Neil Heyde, cello)

Kreutzer Quartet, string quartet
[credit: Leif Johansson]


...Therefore, three cheers for the Kreutzer Quartet for researching and playing them and to Martin Anderson for recording them and issuing them on his adventurous Toccata Classics label...

Immediately after listening to these two quartets one is struck by the quality of the quartet writing and the sheer compositional skill and creative achievement, leaving a sense of wondering why these works have not been taken up by international quartets as valuable additions to their repertoires and an opportunity for bringing variety to their concert

...Suffice it to say that examples such as Rejcha's individual two-part writing in the Allegro non troppo of Op.48 No . l is unique in his works, while moments of dramatic writing in the Adagio may be ahead of its time.

Graham Melville-Mason The Dvořák Society Newsletter March 2014

...As for the recording project, who better to entrust with this massive cycle than the Kreutzer Quartet, one of the UK's finest?

...Overall this is a decent start - with some room for improvement - to a cycle of quartets that may well be one of the most historically important recorded for many years.

Byzantion MusicWeb International 13th December 2013

...A contemporary and friend of Beethoven, Reicha was a composer of considerable ingenuity and creativity. He was fond of exploring distant key relationships, devising new approaches to form, and painting new textures... I am also taken by how, like Beethoven, Reicha gets seemingly unlimited mileage out of fragments of a melody. But he was not merely imitating Beethoven; in fact, the notes inform us that Beethoven was often inspired by Reicha’s ideas.

Greg Pagel American Record Guide November 2013

True Masterpieces Revealed After More Than Two Centuries

... from reviewing thousands of CDs over the past fifteen years, I've learned that there are many masterpieces that simply never get heard. It is to the credit of the Kreutzer Quartet and Toccata Classics that we are beginning to hear Reicha's quartets.

The two quartets on this disc are astounding in their daring... These performances of these undoubted masterpieces have made my week so much richer and fuller than they otherwise might have been.

Scott Morrison Amazon 24th September 2013


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