Movement 1: Allegro non tanto
Movement 2: Andante siciliano
Movement 3: Minuet: Allegro – Trio
Movement 4: Vivace
The F major Quintet, Op 107, dates from the Paris years, being written probably between 1821 and 1826 and published in Paris in 1829 in a version for clarinet and strings in G major. Reicha had said of his six quartets for flute and strings, Op 98, that they were true quartets rather than sonatas or solos for flute with string accompaniment, and the same holds good for the Quintet. The first movement demonstrates Reicha’s mastery of sonata form; the delaying of any extensive reference to the minor mode until the development section is reached is particularly effective. The B flat major Andante has a definite archaic feel to its with its dotted Sicilian rhythms, and the melting coda sounds as though the composer had the equivalent point in the Larghetto of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in mind; but Reicha’s originality is manifest in the Minuet and finale which both show his propensity for asymmetric phrases (something Berlioz was to imitate). The lightweight nature of the finale is agreeably offset by an elaborate fugato section in the middle, and the return of the main theme is delayed as long as possible finally reappearing after a mock cadenza.
from notes by Andrew Mikolajski © 1999