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VANHAL: Flute Quartets, Op. 7, Nos. 2, 3, 6

Composer(s):Vanhal, Johann Baptist
Artist(s) Janaki String Trio, Ensemble • Grodd, Uwe, flute
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570234
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
 


Composed around 1771, Vanhal’s Flute Quartets, Op. 7 Nos. 2, 3 and 6 are beautifully proportioned works, unfailingly elegant in their structural detail and above all masterly examples of this most urbane of genres. Their contemporary popularity rested less on their technical accomplishment than on their melodic freshness and air of quiet sophistication. Written shortly after their composer had committed himself irrevocably to living as a freelance musician, these quartets illustrate most eloquently the reasons why he enjoyed such lasting success.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,April 2007

Johann Baptist Vanhal was born in 1739 to a Czech peasant family, his early training coming from a local musician and enabled him to earn a living as a village organist and choirmaster. A wealthy patron, who heard him play the violin, arranged for composition lessons in Vienna with the great Dittersdorf, and further patronage gave him the means to travel and to move in exalted musical circles. He was probably the first musician to earn a living entirely from composing without any other appointment, and in addition to his many symphonies, his catalogue contains 100 quartets, 95 sacred works, and countless instrumental and vocal works. That we still have most of his output comes from the fact that he allowed several publishers to print his music to meet the world-wide demand.

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