NICOLÒ PAGANINI (1782-1840): 3 String Quartets, Op. 1a.
Catalogue Number: 04N037
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: The quartets, of which only the 1995 Dynamic recording is otherwise available on CD, date from around 1815-18 but they are not really string quartets as we know them. All the melodic material is for the first violin and the other three strings are merely support in an endless flow of easy melodies with harmonies, structure and phrasing quite Mozartian; no incipient Romanticism here (only in the variation slow movement of Quartet No. 3 do the other instruments participate on somewhat equal terms). Amati Ensemble String Quartet.