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Wranitzky: String Quintet & String Sextet

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Although Wranitzky (1761-1820) may not be a household name to listeners today, he was one of the central figures of Viennese musical life at the turn of the 18th century. Like his teacher Haydn, Wranitzky was a recipient of Prince Lobkowitz's patronage and support. His chamber music reveals a voice of great skill and originality. The works on this disc are scored for rather unusual combinations of instruments, possibly in response to the musicians employed at the prince's court.

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  • Performer: Stanley Ritchie, Hedwig Raffeiner, Olga Arzilli, Guus Jeukendrup, Stefano Veggetti, et al.
  • Orchestra: Ensemble Cordia
  • Composer: Anton Wranitzky
  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B006YXGU42
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bejart7092 on September 26, 2012
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After starting his compositional career writing for the Catholic Church, Anton Vranicky (1761-1820)- aka Wranitzky - had to change direction, since the reforms of Emperor Joseph II reduced the need for liturgical works in the 1780's. So he turned to the secular. Appointed as the leader of the small court ensemble of Prince Lobkowitz, the famous patron of Haydn, Beethoven and many others, he traveled among the Prince's 5 palaces, composing, arranging and playing chamber music. These two works are from that period, the very pinnacle of the Classical era.

Among those court musicians were a father and son pair of cellists who had been with Haydn at Esterhazy, Anton and Nicolaus Kraft. The prominence given to the bass lines in these compositions is a tribute to their talent, and having such accomplished musicians at his disposal allowed Vranicky to explore beyond the basic string quartet format.

The unusual alignment of the String Quintet in E Flat, Op.8, No.3 gives the work a dark, rich texture. One violin, two violas and two cellos create the opportunity for the lower strings to assume greater responsibility for carrying the melody. And although the opening `Allegro non tanto' employs the violin to present the initial thematic material, the violas frequently take center stage, trading the melodic lines back and forth as often as they provide counterpoint to the upper voice.

A stylish triple metered `Andante con moto' follows, with the violin assuming the lead and the cellos giving adroit support, punctuated with soft pizzicato. Elegant and graceful, the 3rd movement `Minuetto' is also in triple meter. The cellos establish the theme, which is soon taken up by the violas before the single violin enters and glides to a smooth ending.
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