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Nicolaus Zmeskall – 15 String Quartets

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Nicolaus Zmeskall the world premiere of whole work preserved 15 String Quartets and one piece for cembalo. Playing: Zmeskalll Quartet & Rita Papp

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CD 1 – 63:00

Quartet No. 10 in D minor / d-moll / d mol
1. Allegro 2.58
2. Allegro. Rondeau 3.16
Quartet No. 6 in A major / A-Dur / A dur
3. Adagio 2.28
4. Allegro 2.56
Quartet No. 11 in B minor / h-moll / h mol
5. Adagio 6.32
6. Allegro Rondeaux 4.40
Quartet No. 9 in G major / G-Dur / G dur
7. Adagio 3.22
8. Gratioso. Allegro 3.37
Quartet No. 12 in G minor / g-moll / g mol
9. Allegro 4.11
10. Rondau. Allegro 4.20
Quartet No. 13 in C minor / c-moll / c mol
11. Adagio con Variazioni 9.21
12. Allegro 3.43
Quartet No. 5 in in A flat major / As-Dur / As dur
13. Adagio 1.12
14. Gracioso. Allegro 1.58
Quartet No. 3 in F minor / f-moll / f mol
15. Adagio 4.15
16. Allegro 3.18

CD 2 – 52:02

Quartet No. 1 in G major / G-Dur / G dur
1. Andante un Allegro moderato 3.49
2. Menuet – Trio 2.06
3. Allegro moderato 3.22
Quartet No. 4 in D major/ D-Dur / D dur
4. Adagio 3.42
5. Allegro 2.50
Quartets No. 7 in C and F major / C- u. F-Dur / C dur, F dur
6. Andante 1.10
7. Allegro 0.37
8. Andante 3.60
9. Allegro 1.58
Quartet No. 2 in B major / H-Dur / H dur
10. Allegro 5.17
11. Adagio 3.10
12. Rondeaux 3.04
Quartet No. 8 in D sharp (E-flat) / Dis (Es)-Dur / Dis (Es) dur
13. Adagio 6.06
14. Allegro 2.22
15. *Rondo in F for Harpsichord / F-Dur für Cembalo / F Dur pre čembalo 5.54

CD 3 – 72:52

Quartet No. 15 in G minor / g-moll / g mol
1. Adagio – Allegro 12.39
2. Adagio 8.56
3. Allegretto – Menuetto 5.16
4. Allegro 8.31
Quartet No. 14 in D major / D-Dur / D dur
5. Adagio – Allegro 11.40
6. Menuetto – Allegro molto 5.09
7. Adagio 5.41
8. Allegretto 14.52

Nicolaus Zmeskall – The world premiere of whole work preserved – News

Nicolaus Zmeskall (*1759 Leštiny (Orava, Slovakia) – †1833 Wien)
high-ranking royal officer, forgotten composer, cellist, patron of music and organizer of musical life in Vienna. A personal friend of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, one of the founders of the Vienna Musikverein.

The world premiere of whole work preserved (3CD / 3DVD Audio Suround) 15 String Quartets and one piece for cembalo


Miloš Valent – violin • Dagmar Valentová – violin
Peter Vrbinčík – viola • Juraj Kováč – cello
*Rita Papp – cembalo

Dear fans of good music. We are pleased that we can announce something special. Complete preserved work of the important Slovak composer Nicolaus Zmeskall after almost 5 years of work is finally finished 3 in the form of CD / DVD Audio set. Elegant Packaging – 8-page digipack with 48-page booklet 3 lingual (German, English and Slovak).World premiere of the complete works preserved – the 15 quartets and a track for harpsichord performed by Solamente naturali, who out of respect for this composer founded the new musical group called Zmeskall Quartet.

Zmeskall Quartet?

A happy coincidence, curiosity, perseverance, an effort to get to the bottom of things, the truth, tireless longterm research and investigations, plus dedication and pride – all acted as a catapult for the birth of the string quartet which is named for Nicolaus Zmeskall. Fortuitously, Mrs. Anna Schirlbauer-Grossmann, active in the Austrian capital, was assigned the preparation, for Austrian television ORF, of scenarios on distinguished, unique individuals from the territory of Czechoslovakia who had completed their careers in Vienna. This activity encouraged her to search further for significant personalities springing from her native land. Among these she discovered Nicolaus Zmeskall – an excellent cellist and composer who was born in the village of Lestiny, in Orava, in 1759. Study of Zmeskall’s life and work in the end proved to be most attractive, and Mrs. Schirlbauer therefore embarked on an investigation of anything that could help reconstruct the lost mosaic of Zmeskall’s life. Pride and stubbornness in large doses were required to organize the International Conference on the Life and Work of Nicolaus Zmeskall, in Dolný Kubín (in his native region). In 2009, 250 years had passed since his birth, and it was the perfect opportunity to help our small world once again learn about the Slovak cellist, his close relationship to the great musica personalities of his time, and his lost musical legacy. Enthusiasm plus a fair amount of patience became fertile ground for a new recorded edition of Zmeskall’s 15 quartets – the only preserved work of the Maestro. To be honest, it was very exciting to hold in our hands the manuscript pages of this master, filling us with a sense of responsibility for each recorded note. The study and subsequent recording of all fifteen quartets, as each one was recorded, resulted in the deepening of our respect for, and devotion to, the music of Nicolaus Zmeskall. The consequence of this was our decision to prolong the existence of this Quartet, and to share our enormous relish for the masterpieces of Zmeskall with the musical public. We thank all the enthusiasts and dreamers from Orava, Bratislava and Vienna, without whom this project would never have existed. Thanks to fate, we have the privilege of being the means for returning the music of Nicolaus Zmeskall to the concert hall!

Your Zmeskall Quartet.

Published with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Sheets of Music: © Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien


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