FELIX DRAESEKE (1835-1913): Quintet in A for 2 Violins, Viola, Violotta and Cello, WoO 25 Stelzner, Quintet in F for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos.
Catalogue Number: 02O091
Label: AK Coburg
Description: This fourth release under the auspices of the International Draeseke Society brings two late string quintets (the violotta was an invention of a Prof. Stelzner and did not survive the beginning of the 20th century - a cello takes its part in the A major quintet). Dating from 1897 and 1901 respectively, they are works generous in lyrical melodies with an air of melancholy and nostalgia often present although a Brahmsian fire still burns beneath the veneer of oncoming old age. Acantus String Quartet, Magdeburg, Johannes Hartmann (second cello).