FERDINAND RIES (1784-1838): String Quartets, Vol. 4 - String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 150/1, String Quintet in C, Op. 37
Catalogue Number: 08Y017
Reference: 777 306-2
Description: `The Quintet op. 37 was composed in 1809 and dedicated to the violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh, who had made a name for himself in Vienna as the primarius of the "Schuppanzigh Quartet" which he had founded. In Ries's quintet, what is special and new about the opening of the movement is that the theme itself, introduced at the beginning, first leads to the home key, rather than beginning or standing stably in it. It is also striking that the opening theme is not introduced by one instrument alone. Rather, it is a theme in dialogue form between cello and first violin, with repetitive filler voices in the middle. Similar to this quintet, the String Quartet Op. 150, No. 1 , from the late 1820s,is distinguished by interesting and comparatively unusual features. Schuppanzigh Quartet w/ Raquel Massades (viola).