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Grand Quintet in C major
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'Oboe Quintets' (CDH55015)
Oboe Quintets
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Movement 1: Allegro moderato – Andantino – Allegro moderato
Track 5 on CDH55015 [7'34] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 2: Adagio
Track 6 on CDH55015 [4'23] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
Movement 3: Presto non troppo
Track 7 on CDH55015 [3'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Grand Quintet in C major
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Rodolph Kreutzer was born in Versailles in 1766 and became one of the most famous and influential violinists of his day. Like most contemporary musicians he was equally active as a composer, producing no fewer than nineteen violin concertos as well as a good deal of music for the stage – ballets, operas and opéras-comiques. Most of his chamber music dates from the 1790s. The exact date of the Oboe Quintet – the solo wind part may also be taken by the clarinet – is not known, but the work is presumed to have been written between 1790 and 1799. It is a relatively short piece, despite being labelled ‘Grand Quintet’. As in the Crusell there is a surprise in the first movement: in place of the development is an Andantino section, prefaced by a hymn-like passage for the strings. The slow movement itself, in F major, is long-lined, very vocal in style, with a recurring dotted rhythm (redolent of the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata) and an affecting use of the Neapolitan. The music’s vocal quality is furthered by a recitative section, an operatic dialogue between oboe and first violin, before the short finale, a perky Presto non troppo.

from notes by Andrew Mikolajski © 1999

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Details for CDH55015 track 6
Adagio
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-85-14306
Duration
4'23
Recording date
8 March 1984
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Crusell, Kreutzer & Reicha: Oboe Quintets (CDA66143)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: April 1987
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55015
  2. Oboe Quintets (CDH55015)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 1999
    Deletion date: November 2008
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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