String Quartet : Work information

Composers
Johan Wikmanson ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Chilingirian Quartet

This work

Work name
String Quartet
Work number
Op. 1 No. 2
Key
E minor
Genre
A
Composed
n/a

This recording

Label
CRD
Producer
Simon Lawman
Engineer
Bob Auger
Recording date
1975-01-01 02:00:00

The Composers

Johan Wikmanson

Track listing

  • Allegro di molto 5:27 min
  • Un poco adagio 7:17 min
  • Menuetto and trio 3:53 min
  • Prestissimo 4:19 min

Notes

Largely unknown outside his native Sweden, Wikmanson is chiefly remembered for his string quartets, only three of which survive. Heavily influenced by, and dedicated to, Haydn, all three were published with the help of the old master in 1801, the year after Wikmanson's death.

The Swedish composer learned his lesson well from the founder of the string quartet genre, and the result in No. 2 is an attractive work that rests easily on the ears. A charming variation movement and a stately menuetto follow the seriousness and skilled textures of the Allegro di molto before a quicksilver Prestissimo brings proceedings to a lively close.