Wenzel Heinrich Veit: Complete String Quartets, Volume One

(2 customer reviews)

Catalogue No: TOCC0335
EAN/UPC: 5060113443359
Release Date: 2017-04-01
Composer: Wenzel Heinrich Veit
Artists: Kertész Quartet

The German-Bohemian composer Wenzel Heinrich Veit (1806–64) – Václav Jindřich Veit in Czech – is one of music’s most unjustly forgotten figures. As these first recordings of his four string quartets will show, he is not only the link between the Bohemian composers of the end of the Classical period and the wave of Czech Romanticism that began with Smetana but also an outstanding composer in his own right. His quartets trace the stylistic evolution of his time: they emerge from a debt to Haydn and Beethoven and embrace Mendelssohn and Schumann on their way to pre-echoes of Dvořák.

Kertész Quartet, playing on original instruments
Katalin Kertész and Jean Paterson, violins
Nichola Blakey, viola
Cressida Nash, cello

Listen To This Recording:

    String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 3 (1834)

  1. I Allegro moderato
  2. II Menuetto. Allegretto
  3. III Hymne russe. Andante con moto
  4. IV Finale. Presto agitato
  5. String Quartet No. 2 in E major, Op. 5 (1835)

  6. I Introduzione (Sostenuto) – Allegro vivace
  7. II Adagio cantabile quasi Andante
  8. III Scherzo: Presto
  9. IV Rondo: Allegro non tanto

2 reviews for Wenzel Heinrich Veit: Complete String Quartets, Volume One

  1. :

    A true revelation! Magnificent – forgotten – music, four dedicated, excellent musicians. I can’t wait for the last 2 quartets. That’s why Toccata has to stay (forever, I should say).

  2. :

    ‘These attractive works are heard in premiere recordings. I’m not expecting to find lost masterpieces in this series but the disc is valuable for shining light on the role of the string quartet in Bohemia in the years before Smetana and on the influence of Austrian and German contemporaries on native Czech composers.’

    —Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

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