A Viennese Quartet Party - CC5006

"A Viennese Quartet Party"

  • CD coverThe Revolutionary Drawing Room
  • with Simon Russell Beale
  • 25th Anniversary CD

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:

“We wanted to create a piece of work of special significance to celebrate our 25th anniversary and decided to look for a key point in the period we specialise in to focus our thoughts on repertoire for a new recording. We were delighted to discover these fascinating and completely charming Reminiscences during our research and set to work building a script around the music to bring it all together. We were even more delighted when Simon Russell Beale agreed to come on board and complete the team.”

CD Details
String quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Dittersdorf and Vanhal, introduced by extracts from the Reminiscences of Michael Kelly (1762 - 1826), read by Simon Russell Beale.

CD 1

1 - The Author's early life and travels

Johann Baptist Vanhal string quartet in E flat major (1786)
2 - Allegro con fuoco
3 - Adagio
4 - Allegro

5 - A visit to Haydn at Eisenstadt

Joseph Haydn string quartet in B flat major Op 50 No. 1
6 - Allegro
7 - Adagio
8 - Menuetto - Poco Allegretto
9 - Finale - Vivace Assai

CD 2
10 - The Author makes the acquaintance of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart string quartet in C major K 465
11 - Adagio - Allegro
12 - Andante cantabile
13 - Menuetto
14 - Allegro molto

15 - The Author meets two violin virtuosi - and a discordant idiot!

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf string quartet No. 6 in A major
16 - Moderato
17 - Menuetto - Larghetto with Alternativo
18 - Finale - Presto with Alternativo