About the album
C. G. REISSIGER taught composition in Berlin, until he was appointed as Hofkapellmeister to succeed Weber in Dresden. He remained in this office until his death in 1859. Under Reissiger's direction the Dresden Court Opera became world famous. In 1842 Reissiger conducted the premiere of Richard Wagner's Rienzi and was involved in Wagner's appointment as second Kapellmeister after the premiere of Fliegender Holländer.
For over 30 years Reissiger Reissiger was one of the musical magnates in central Germany,and along with Mendelssohn the most prominent Kapellmeister. Reissiger's string quartets follow the classicist romantic tradition, not unlike that of Mendelssohn and Schumann. From time to time the influence of operatic music is perceptible, both the German tradition of his predecessor Weber, and the Italian tradition of Rossini and Donizetti, popular at the time in Dresden. There are clear reminiscences of Reissiger's idol
Franz Schubert (as in the slow movement of the B minor quartet) and of his Leipzig colleague Felix Mendelssohn (as in the 'whispering' Scherzo of the A major quartet).
Nonetheless Reissiger’s music has much individuality – the liaison of different styles is evidence of his
cosmopolitan literacy. In a unique way he combines German and Italian stylistic qualities.
11String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 111 No. 2 I. Allegro con espressione - Allegro moderato ma appassionato
12String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 111 No. 2 II. Andante con moto e fantastico
13String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 111 No. 2 III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio
14String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 111 No. 2 IV. Rondo Finale. Allegro brillante ma non troppo
15String Quartet in A Major, Op. 111 No. 1 I. Allegro moderato
16String Quartet in A Major, Op. 111 No. 1 II. Scherzo. Presto - Trio
17String Quartet in A Major, Op. 111 No. 1 III. Adagio espressivo
18String Quartet in A Major, Op. 111 No. 1 IV. Finale. Vivace