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Ferdinand Ries: Quartets Op. 145
“With its period instruments, this recording is a great place to begin grapplin with the larger question of Ries's place in history. Quartetto raro gives a convincing performance.”” American Record Guide
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Ferdinand Ries: Complete Flute Quartets
Oxalys: Toon Fret (flute), Shirly Laub (violin), Elisabeth Smalt (viola) & Martijn Vink (cello)
The magnificent Oxalys ensemble, led by Toon Fret at the flute, puts forward an absolute discovery: for the first time in recording history here are the complete quartets with flute by Ferdinand Ries, this great contemporary of Beethoven.
He had been his pupil and was long pushed into oblivion by the shadow of his master. One of the most famous musicians of his time, Ries combines classical contours with romantic elements in these works, in an elegant and spiritual fashion which can be considered his trademark. Supporting the volubile parts for the flute, he wrote dense and inventive scores for the strings. A true declaration of love for chamber music!
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Ries - Flute Quartets, Op. 145
John Herrick Littlefield (flute), Aaron Boyd (violin), Ah Ling Neu (viola) & Yari Bond (cello)
Written in an early Romantic style, the Quartets are notable for their diversity, the first with a Spanish finale, the second more sombre in tone, and the third providing a bright conclusion, as though it were designed to cap an evening of music-making. Quotations or near quotations from works by other composers of the period give the Quartets a humorous and unusual unpredictability.
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