Franz Krommer, as Frantisek Kramár styled himself in German-speaking lands, is quite well represented on record. These four pieces make an agreeable. Krommer: Oboe Quartet No. 3 / Oboe Quintets Nos. By Franz Krommer. • 12 songs. Play on Spotify. 1. Oboe Quartet No. 3 in F Major: I. Allegro.

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For the following 10 years he held appointments at various aristocratic courts in Hungary. The Second Quartet is the more original and includes a clever first movement which has the oboe vying with the violin in what krlmmer not so much a duet as a duel, and a rondo with a nice little surprise to end with.

Franz Krommer Oboe Quartet No.1 in C Major

As was typical for the time, they were intended as a vehicle for the wind instrument and the oboe is given the lead throughout although there are many instances where the violin takes over. Mozart also found this an attractive combination when he wrote his horn quintet, and there is here in both works, perhaps above all in the beautiful Andante of the E flat Quintet, a sensitive response to the richer texture provided by two violas.

Franz Krommer was one of the most successful composers in Vienna at the turn of the 18th Century. He wrote more than 70 string quartets, 35 quintets, perhaps as many as 15 string trios, but also several works for winds and strings.

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He was the last composer to hold this august title and one of his duties was accompanying the Emperor on his various campaigns so that he could relax in the evenings playing quartets. Skip to main content.

Krommer Oboe Quartets and Quintets

The opening movement is a gorgeous Allegro full of singing melody. Quartet for Oboe and Strings.

Finally, the oboe joins in and the two sing a wonderful duet. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.

It is clear that Krommer had accomplished players, certainly as far as the oboe and violin parts are concerned, in mind. If you are a library, university or other organisation onoe would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

These four pieces make an agreeable addition to the tally of a composer who speaks with talent the language that Mozart spoke with genius. There are some nimbly Mozartian touches in the First Quartet, such as a final ooe with a suggestion of his Serenade for 13 Winds in the theme, and a pleasantly fresh opening movement with the slightly unusual marking Allegro aperto used by Mozart for his Oboe Concerto.

Franz Vinzenz Krommer Composer. The quintets — these are the first recordings — are more substantial, especially in the first movements, and make inventive use of an accompanying quartet consisting of violin, two violas and cello. He returned to Vienna in where he remained until his death, holding various positions including that of Court Composer Hofmusiker to the Emperor, Franz I, an enthusiastic quartet player.


A lively, playful Rondo caps this fine work. A krommfr movement, an Adagio, begins with the violin giving forth the beautiful first theme in its entirety.

Krommer was a violinist of considerable ability who came to Vienna around Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music.

The two quartets, which surfaced in the library of a Moravian castle only in the s, are the lighter pair, though krommeer have much charm and some nice strokes of wit. Here is a work which should interest both professionals and experienced amateurs alike. His reputation was attested to by the fact that his works were frequently republished throughout Germany, England, France, Italy, Scandinavia and even the United States.

Krommer composed three quartets for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello sometime between and Whether you want to see what we think kgommer today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. There are more than compositions which were at one time or another published, much of which is chamber music.

Quintet for Oboe and Strings. Sarah Francis responds sensitively to the tonal subtleties in her attractive performances of music that falls very easily on the ear.