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VEIT, WENZEL HEINRICH Complete String Quartets, Volume Two. Kertesz Quartet. Toccata Classics

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Veit Wenzel Heinrich Complete String Two Kertesz Quartet Toccata Classics

Wenzel Heinrich VEIT
Complete String Quartets, Volume Two

1–4 String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 7
5–8 String Quartet No. 4 in G minor, Op. 16

Kertész Quartet, playing on original instruments:
Katalin Kertész and Jean Paterson (violins)
Nichola Blakey (viola)
Cressida Nash (cello)

• The German-Bohemian composer Wenzel Heinrich Veit (1806–64) – Václav Jindrich Veit, as he later became known in Czech – is one of music’s most unjustly forgotten figures.
• As these first recordings of his four string quartets reveal, he is not only the link between the Bohemian composers of the end of the Classical period and the wave of Czech Romanticism that began with Smetana – he is also an outstanding composer in his own right.
• His four quartets trace the stylistic evolution of his time: they emerge from a debt to Haydn, Beethoven and Spohr and embrace Mendelssohn and Schumann on their way to pre-echoes of Smetana and Dvorák.
• A review of Volume One in this series stated: ‘This period-instrument quartet has a wonderfully rich, warm ensemble sound. I am very much looking forward to volume two’. Well, here it is.

The Kertész Quartet -- Katalin Kertész and Jean Paterson, violins; Nichola Blakey, viola; Cressida Nash, cello – was formed in 2010 by four leading periodinstrument specialists following a desire to explore chamber music of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century and, using historical instruments, bring it to audiences. The Quartet combines traditions of the central European and historic, period-performance practices. Using gut strings and historic bows, the original sound-world, liveliness and intensity of the music is revived in fresh performances that are relevant today. The members of the Quartet are all leading performers on the British early-music scene.

Toccata Classics TOCC0409

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