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Molique: String Quartets, Vol. 3 / Mannheimer Streichquartett

Molique / Mannheimer Streichquartett
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777336-2   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernhard Molique
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOLIQUE String Quartets: No.1 in G, op.16 ; No.2 in c, op.17 Mannheim Str Qrt CPO 777 336-2 (75:14)


"The Bernhard Molique string quartet series from cpo continues with opp. 16 and 17, and everything here conforms to the qualities, and also to the relative limitations, to be found in the previous two volumes. As Molique was one of the most prestigious violinists of his generation, one might be forgiven for assuming Read more that a “first violin and accompaniment” ethos might infiltrate his writing, but not a bit of it. His inherent classicism leaned toward proportion, propriety, and a gracious deference to established models. Molique (1802–69) was certainly no compositional innovator, but in the same way that he did not seek to emulate or challenge Paganini as a cause célèbre fiddler, so too he preferred a more comfortable realm in his quartet writing.


That can be confirmed by listening to the gracious unfolding of the opening movement of the G-Major quartet, where the mellifluous impression is rather Haydnesque, and the contrapuntal working-out somewhat formal. The ensuing Menuetto is a ripe example of his ear for color, and for wildlife scene painting in miniature; we find avian evocations, and a cello drone, and a constructive use of tension and release of the material. It’s all engagingly done, and so too is the slow movement, which is richly upholstered and warmly textured. The melodic material itself lacks genuine memorability but Molique ensures that it is well argued and sustained, and indeed manages to vest it with a rapt quality that should not lightly be dismissed. After which we return to the geniality of the opening movement, with a buoyant sense of momentum and a series of exchanges between upper and lower voices that ensures full conversational reach is maintained.


As before, the Mannheim Quartet proves to be a loyal, well-textured guide, and the SWR Stuttgart recording—made back in April 2007, incidentally—is unproblematic."


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Works on This Recording

1.
String Quartet No. 1 in G major, Op. 16 by Bernhard Molique
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR Stuttgart 
Length: 33 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
String Quartet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 by Bernhard Molique
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Kammermusikstudio des SWR Stuttgart 
Length: 40 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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