A Viennese Quartet Party - CC5006
"A Viennese Quartet Party"
The Revolutionary Drawing Room, the period-instrument string quartet which performs late eighteenth and early nineteenth century repertoire - from the age of the great European revolutions - releases a new double-CD ‘A Viennese Quartet Party’ to mark their 25th anniversary in 2015.
The idea for ‘A Viennese Quartet Party’ is based on the recollections of Michael Kelly, an Irish tenor who was the original Don Curzio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. He described an occasion in 1784 in Vienna in his Reminiscences when he heard Mozart, Haydn, Vanhal and Dittersdorf playing quartets together. A script adapted from these Reminiscences, recorded by the actor Simon Russell Beale, sets the scene for this remarkable moment in time and intertwines Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ quartet, Haydn’s quartet Op.50 No.1 and delightful works by Vanhal and Dittersdorf.
Adrian Butterfield, The Revolutionary Drawing Room’s leader since 1995, says:
1 - The Author's early life and travels
Johann Baptist Vanhal string quartet in E flat major (1786)
5 - A visit to Haydn at Eisenstadt
Joseph Haydn string quartet in B flat major Op 50 No. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart string quartet in C major K 465
15 - The Author meets two violin virtuosi - and a discordant idiot!
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf string quartet No. 6 in A major