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Pleyel Quartett Köln: Pleyel – Prussian Quartets 10-12 (FLAC)

Pleyel Quartett Köln: Pleyel - Prussian Quartets 10-12 (FLAC)

Pleyel Quartett Köln: Pleyel – Prussian Quartets 10-12 (FLAC)

Composer: Ignaz Josef Pleyel
Performer: Pleyel Quartett Köln
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: CPO
Catalogue: 777779-2
Release: 2021
Size: 263 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

String Quartet in G Major, B. 340
01. I. Allegro
02. II. Adagio molto
03. III. Rondo. Allegro

String Quartet in C Minor, B. 341
04. I. Moderato
05. II. Tempo di minuetto. Moderato

String Quartet in D Major, B. 342
06. I. Allegro molto
07. II. Adagio espressivo
08. III. Rondo. Moderato – Presto assai

When Ignaz Pleyel concluded his work on the last of his twelve »Prussian Quartets,« he had already garnered a great deal of experience as a composer of string quartets. His unmistakable musical voice had brought him countless admirers – including, not least, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who enthusiastically wrote of the Quartets op. 1 in a letter to his father. The dedicatory preface suggests that Pleyel had composed all of its pieces in Italy. He described them as ‘musically profound’, thereby indicating that Haydn’s Quartets op. 20 may have been their immediate model. The fugue movements in the Quartets Benton 328 and 330 are fascinating. Although Pleyel claimed that he had written them in the Italian style, Mozart was not fooled here: in their refined elegance he recognized the unique signature of Pleyel’s teacher Joseph Haydn. Nevertheless, the pupil had succeeded in writing a brilliant series of quartets in keeping with his own ideas and combining the clarity of the Italian style with the wealth of technical imagination characterizing the Viennese style.

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