Anton Ferdinand Titz

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Anton Ferdinand Titz. String Quartets for the Imperial Court of St. Petersburg, Vol. 2. Hofmeister Quartet Profil PH09046, 2009.

During the latter half of the eighteenth century, Anton Ferdinand Titz (a noted violin virtuoso) was employed as both a member of the court orchestra at St. Petersburg and as a member of the more elite chamber ensemble that played for the pleasure of Catherine the Great. He also served as violin instructor to her grandson (the future Tsar Alexander I), and in his earlier life in Germany had enjoyed the support and informal patronage of Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck, who helped establish him in an opera orchestra prior to his invitation to join the court in St. Petersburg. Although very highly regarded as a composer and widely published in his day, like many of his equally-talented contemporaries he fell into near-complete obscurity after his death, and some of the music presented on this disc and on the previous volume in the series is recorded here for the first time--the C major quartet, in fact, was only known in fragments until the recent discovery of a complete copy in the Academic Regional Library in Ulyanovsk, Russia. …