Myslivecek - Oboe Quintets, String Quartets
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Cat No: SU42892
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
WorksOboe Quintet no.1 in B flat major
Oboe Quintet no.2 in D major
Oboe Quintet no.3 in F major
String Quartet in G major, op. posth.
String Quartets (6), op.3
ArtistsMichaela Hrabankova (oboe)
A prolific and gifted composer, Mysliveček also wrote instrumental music, including symphonies and chamber pieces. His first cycle of string quartets was published in Paris in 1768, the final one in Amsterdam, shortly after his death. These works were often performed in extended formations as symphonies. Mysliveček’s quartets are characterised by wonderfully refined slow middle movements. Even more unique are his oboe quintets. For a long time, they were only known owing to Leopold Mozart’s reference to them in a letter to his son Wolfgang, dated October 1777 – Mysliveček wanted Leopold Mozart to offer his quintets and other pieces to the Archbishop of Salzburg.
Only due to the initiative of the performers featured on this album, primarily the oboist Michaela Hrabánková and Václav Dvořák, the first violinist of the Doležal Quartet, have the missing oboe parts for three of the six quintets been retrieved in private collections across Europe. The CD thus contains world premiere recordings of rediscovered Mysliveček works, whose significance is further enhanced by a stylistically sensitive interpretation. Our picture of “Il divino Boemo”, whom the renowned music historian Charles Burney ranked alongside such masters as Hasse, Gluck and Haydn, is now more complete – and more beautiful.
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