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David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2007

Georg Wenzel Ritter was born in 1748 to a musical family with close connections to the court orchestra in Mannheim, Georg following in his father's footsteps as a member of the bassoons. In 1788 he left to join the Prussian court orchestra of King Friedrich Wilhelm II, a large salary seemingly the main incentive, He was to remain their until his death in 1808. Moving in distinguished musical circles, and drawing admiration from the Bach and Mozart families for his compositions, they were mainly written with himself as the performer and included two bassoon concertos. Though carrying the first opus number, the Six Quartets were written in his maturity and probably date from 1779. In form they were all in two relatively short movements, the melodic material mostly given to the bassoon, the three strings largely offering a backdrop, a characteristic here highlighted by the prominence given to the Paolo Carlini. Where they do differ from Mozart is the lack of a real sense of fun, the fast movements having considerable vivacity, but never bubbling with happiness. They do, however, often require considerable agility from the bassoon, here provided in abundance by the former principal bassoon of Milan's La Scala Orchestra, now holding the same position with the Orchestra della Toscana. Vibrato is kept to a minimum, his tone less honeyed than his Czech and Hungarian counterparts, while avoiding that hard edged quality that has in recent times become fashionable, Try track 11, the opening movement of the Sixth, to sample all of these attributes, while it does give some brief evidence of the quality of the strings. It's not a massive discovery, but bassoonists will welcome the rewarding content. I just wish the engineers had given us more from the strings.

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