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Re: Reicha String Quartets
Dear Nick, you didn't say which quartet it was you played. I've only heard those on both Toccata volumes so far (which is still more than most people, obviously!), so I can't comment on those still to appear. But I can vouch for the quality of op.49/1 especially. There's an element of hyperbole in Ron Drummond's words, no doubt, but Skærved knows what he's talking about and I think your audience member deserves his Reicha-ignorance!
And all geniuses have bad days, sometimes many; even Beethoven. Anyway, if I was a string quartet, I'd play Reicha often. The CDs make a reasonable plan B.
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