The two quartets are unequivocal works: orchestrally-conceived, full of energetic vigor, and at times uncompromisingly modern. They confidently continue the Beethoven tradition and attest at the same time to Raff's intensive confrontation with Richard Wagner's music during the Weimar years. In his chamber music, the composer wanted to achieve progress "in an inherently historical way" and "to ground the individual substance in existing forms," as he told the Viennese violinist Josef Hellmesberger, wholaunched opus 77. The quartets, first published in 1860/62, found illustrious interpreters, among them, the Mueller brothers' renowned ensemble, to which opus 90 was also dedicated, and Joseph Joachim. -the publisher
For matching set of performance parts, please see items 130802 and 130803.