Mysliveček: Oboe Quintets, String Quartets

December 29, 2020, 12:27 pm

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Josef Mysliveček has most frequently been mentioned in connection with Mozart (who, for a certain time, viewed him as a model and inspiration) and is best known for his operas. A prolific and gifted composer, Mysliveček also wrote instrumental music, including symphonies and chamber pieces. His quartets are characterized by wonderfully refined slow middle movements. Even more unique are his oboe quintets. For a long time, they were thought to have been lost. Only due to the initiative of the performers featured on this album, primarily the oboist Michaela Hrabánková and Václav Dvorák, the first violinist of the Doležal Quartet, have the missing oboe parts for three of the six quintets been retrieved in private collections across Europe.