Ignace Pleyel: Six Quartets, Op. 1, (Vol. 4 in the Series the Early String Quartet)
Freiberg, Sarah, Strings
Ignace Pleyel: Six Quartets, Op. 1, (Vol. 4 in the series The Early String Quartet) edited by Simon P. Keefe. Stegiein Publishing, www.steglein.com, $20 (parts); $60 (score).
Thanks to recent scholarship, the string quartet repertoire boasts some welcome new music-a couple of centuries old! Steglein Publishing, which specializes in music from the 18th and 19th centuries, has published this, the latest in its series titled The Early String Quartet. Each volume has been carefully edited by a specialist in the musical styles of the time period, and consists of a set of parts and a score containing detailed biographical information and critical remarks.
Focusing on the wealth of string quartets popular in the waning years of the 18th century and the early decades of the 19th century, the series includes works originally published throughout Europe.
The four volumes produced to date include the Opus 1 Quartets of both Giovanni Battista Viotti (Vol. 1), six quartets by Luigi Boccherini (Vol. 2), and three sensational quartets by Aldabert Gyrowetz (Vol. 3). These composers may not be as familiar to us today as they were back then, though Boccherini is enjoying some renown, but these works are well worth learning, hearing, and playing.
The company's latest installation gives us the six Opus 1 Quartets from Ignace Pleyel, an exceedingly popular composer in the late 18th century, as well as a renowned publisher. …