Dotzauer Flute and Oboe Quartets Charm with Simplicity

Who was Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860) that we should be mindful of him? Cello students know him well — his 100+ exercises and caprices for solo cello are still in use. Dotzauer was a cellist, and he was also a prolific composer, with over 190 works. His catalog includes 9 cello concertos, 25 string quartets, and many chamber works.

The Ensemble Pyramide present three of his quartets for winds and strings. These works are modest in scope, designed for an evening’s entertainment. Dotzauer was a contemporary of Louis Spohr, and his music has some similarities. Dotzauer writes in a late Classical style. His melodies feature elegantly turned phrases. Each movement has a clear structure, following the models of Mozart and Haydn.

Markus Bronnimann is the soloist for the two flute quartets. He plays with a warm, smooth tone that’s in keeping with the decorous nature of these works. Oboist Barbara Tillmann performs with precision and deft mastery I found appealing.

If you’re looking for some light entertainment, give this release a listen. I found these three quartets charming in their simplicity.

Friedrich Dotzauer: Flute and Oboe Quartets
Ensemble Pyramide
Toccata Classics TOCC 0421

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