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Italian Journey' - Works for String Quartet by Respighi, Verdi, Puccini & Bocchernini / Quartetto di Cremona

Album Summary

>Respighi, Ottorino : Quartet for Strings in D major, P. 190
>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C major, G. 164 (Op. 2/6)
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'Outstanding' (The Strad) - 'A rare blend' (Gramophone): With ITALIAN JOURNEY, critically acclaimed Quartetto di Cremona presents an intriguingly intimate and authentic approach to Italian chamber music by composers Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), and Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). Quartetto di Cremona is about to become the legitimate successor of the legendary Quartetto Italiano. Following a concert at the Wigmore Hall, the British magazine The Strad wrote: 'dynamic contouring was as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit, and it tailored the music to perfection.' In Australia, the Quartetto di Cremona was acclaimed as the 'glory of the Perth Festival', and the Süddeutsche Zeitung described them as 'one of the most exciting quartets of the current generation'. The Quartetto di Cremona was chosen for a project by 'The Friends of Stradivari' society in order to promote and develop the knowledge of the Cremonese art string instrument-making: an artistic mission which directly influenced ITALIAN JOURNEY as a celebration of genuine understanding and interpretation of this music.The violinist Paolo Andreoli plays a precious violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1757).

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
All of this seems to come together most in Verdi's quartet. Here is a composer who could meet all of the challenges of quartet writing, but the style is always very vocal. Respighi's Op. 53 is likewise lyrical and even more dramatic, sometimes gorgeously over-the-top. Puccini's Crisantemi is tender and sensitive. The Cremona Quartet is obviously in love with all of these works. Boccherini made considerable contributions to the development of the quartet genre and even influenced Haydn. It is played beautifully.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte, Poirino, Italy.



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Works Details

>Respighi, Ottorino : Quartet for Strings in D major, P. 190
  • Running Time: 30 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C major, G. 164 (Op. 2/6)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1761