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Anton Tietz: Instrumental Music / Pratum Integrum Orchestra

Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Caro Mitis   Catalog #: 22004   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anton Tietz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


TIETZ Symphony in C. String Quintet No. 6 in d. Duo in C. String Quartet in d, op. 1/5. Violin Concerto in E? Pratum Integrum O (period instruments) CARO MITIS 22004 (Hybrid multichannel SACD 57:31)

Anton Ferdinand Tietz (also Read more spelled Titz) was a German violinist and composer who spent much of his creative life in Russia. He was born in Nuremberg in 1742, where he received training in music and painting. In 1762, he went to Vienna and became a member of the opera orchestra, and he may have studied with Haydn. In 1771, he moved to St. Petersburg, where he became a soloist in the First Court Orchestra. He formed a string quartet that usually played at the Hermitage Theater or the palace of Catherine the Great, and composed many works, including nine string quartets, 10 string quintets, 10 sonatas for violin and bass, a violin concerto, and a symphony. In 1797, he suffered a mental disorder (the notes claim it was caused by frustrated love), which sometimes prevented him from working. He died in 1810.

The notes to this CD state that Tietz is important in the history of Russian music as one of the first composers to write instrumental music in Russia. His works are all in the Viennese classical tradition favored at the Russian court. The notes claim that all of his works are in the Sturm und Drang style, but this is not borne out by the music, although some of it is obviously influenced by this movement, such as the String Quintet. The recording gives us a sampling of Tietz’s compositions in all of the major categories in which he composed. The music is always engaging and serves as a reminder once again that there is worthwhile music waiting to be discovered beyond the catalogs of the great composers.

Pratum Integrum is a group of period-instrument specialists in Russia. It plays without a conductor or under guest conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken or Trevor Pinnock. It has sought out and performed 18th-century works of native Russian composers and works given by foreign composers living in Russia during this period. The soloists on this album are all members of the orchestra. As has been the case on previous Caro Mitis recordings from this group, the playing is precise (but not rigid) and energetic. Tempos are never rushed.

At the time this recording was made (2004), none of these works had been recorded. In the following years, only one of these works, the Sring Quartet, op. 1/5, has appeared on disc. That recording, under the alternate spelling of his last name, Titz, contains three other quartets of op. 1 and was highly praised by Laura Rónai in Fanfare 30:2 who included it in her Want List. I wish Caro Mitis had taken advantage of the available space on the disc to give us more music of this very interesting composer. This recording is highly recommended to those, like me, who enjoy exploring the less-traveled paths of music of the Classical era.

FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

Symphony in C Major by Anton Tietz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Double Bass in D minor by Anton Tietz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Concerto for Violin in F flat major by Anton Tietz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pratum Integrum Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

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