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The flood of classical era music revived on CD shows no sign
This is the third volume of the Hoffmeister's traversal of the
Titz Quartets on Hänssler. Its predecessors are PH 06932 and
PH 09046 which I have not heard.
Titz was born in Nuremberg, was lured to St Petersburg to serve
alongside a galaxy of genius and talent in the Imperial Court
of Catherine The Great and Alexander I. His move was helped
along by his unrequited love for one of the Nuremberg girls.
Dates are few and far between but
there is documentation to
support Titz having been a member of the violin section of the
St Petersburg Imperial Orchestra. He died in his adopted city
His string quartets were published in groups in 1781 (six) and
1808 (three). The Hoffmeister, playing on period instruments,
are our reliable and idiomatic guides and advocates for these
works. The E flat major is quite a striking work. It at first
sounds like a lost quartet by Mozart but then moves into the
early romantic lyrical realms also frequented by Schubert. The
playing is both lively and patently heartfelt.
This is - across four quartets - pleasing music of no great
originality but with a flair for the fluent and the effective.
I have mentioned the eminences of Mozart and Schubert. Different
as they are I felt that all three quartets were in those tropics.
If you thirst for a new vista of eighteenth century string quartets
then pilgrims need look no further. Excellent notes by Klaus
Harer complete the picture.
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less
Works on This Recording
3 String Quartets: No. 3 in E flat major: I. Allegro
3 String Quartets: No. 3 in E flat major: II. Allegretto
3 String Quartets: No. 3 in E flat major: III. Romance
3 String Quartets: No. 3 in E flat major: IV. Rondo: Allegro
6 String Quartets, Op. 1: No. 2 in A major: I. Poco adagio con variazioni
6 String Quartets, Op. 1: No. 2 in A major: II. Menuetto
6 String Quartets, Op. 1: No. 2 in A major: III. Allegro di molto
3 String Quartets: No. 2 in B flat major: I. Allegro spiritoso
3 String Quartets: No. 2 in B flat major: II. Romance: Cantabile
3 String Quartets: No. 2 in B flat major: III. Allegro assai
3 String Quartets: No. 1 in C major: I. Allegro
3 String Quartets: No. 1 in C major: IV. Rondo
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