ANTON REICHA (1770-1836): Works for String Quartet - Quatuor Scientifique, La Pantomime.
Catalogue Number: 08V029
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: First recording of the 48-minute Quatuor Scientifique, a unique, 12-movement work in which the four movements of the standard string quartet are alternated by fugues (a “scientific” form according to Reicha), and with an introduction titled La Pantomime, in which the music describes certain mythological stories. An unpublished manuscript only recently uncovered in a Paris library, the compositional character of Quatuor puts it in Reicha’s Viennese period and it is therefore likely to have been composed between 1803 and 1808. Reicha Quartet.