Notes & Reviews:
Together with Casella, Malipiero and Respighi, Pizzetti was one of the leading composers of the generation of Italian composers born around 1880 (the so-called 'generation of the 1880s'). The early String Quartet in A major has a delightfully open lyricism linked to the folk modes of the composer's native province of Emilia, and is reminiscent in part of Dvorák's rustic charm. From Pizzetti's mature period, the String Quartet in D major pushes beyond traditional forms and projects an evocative and powerfully expressive individuality.
Despite the complex and dangerous for the environment, Pizzetti left samples of his strength and his exemplary creative mastery of classical quartet. Lajtha Quartet performs well.
The buoyantly air-lofted Vivace of No. 1 is a delight in motion. It passes the baton seamlessly to a contentedly Dvorákian Adagio and the following Theme with Variations. The finale bustles along carefree with the language sometimes rather like RVW in his first published quartet. The Second Quartet is also in four movements. The music is still tonal but dynamic and emotionally pressurised in the outer movements. A opulently complex fondant lyricism reaches out touchingly in the second movement. The little scherzo again has that winning RVW tinge and buzzing effervescence. Dynamic eagerness and angst are at work in the finale... Pizzetti is less uninhibitedly melodic. Pizzetti sings very touchingly... but he builds tension and anxiety first and invests ideas and effort in doing so. The Second['s] high tensile atmosphere is something that resolutely draws the listener in. In the final five minutes Pizzetti proves a satisfying singer of what amounts to an anthem bathed in repletion and triumph.
Recording information: Festetich Castle, Budapest, Hungary (01/1995).
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Works DetailsPizzetti, Ildebrando : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A major
- Running Time: 27 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1906
Pizzetti, Ildebrando : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
- Running Time: 37 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1932-1933