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Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-1799): Compelete String Quartets / Quartetto Delfico

Album Summary

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 5 in G major
>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 2 in B flat major
>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C major
>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major
>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major
>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F major
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For Manfredini, instrumental music was "a form of language, in a way similar to painting and poetry", and its main objective "to please and touch the heart". This beautiful collection shows the extent to which his work reflected his theoretical and aesthetic ideals. Each of the string quartets exhibits a consummate balance between the instruments, between melody and harmony, and between lyricism and chiaroscuro effects. Here was a composer who knew his art through and through, and who, moreover, successfully defended it in disputes with other contemporary music theorists. The listener will be transported by the emotive dialogues at the centre of this Italian master's finest pieces. The Quartetto Delfico is a group of four orchestral players who came together to specialise in the Italian string quartet repertoire. Their practice on original instruments lends them a unique identity, and they have played a number of international festivals, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 3. Other information: Recorded on 6-8 September 2013, Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Italy. Booklet contains notes in Italian and English and an ensemble biography.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013).



Reviews

Classic classical era quartets
Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-1799) spent most of his professional life at the Russian Imperial Court, before retiring to Bologna to write and teach. During that time he published his set of six string quartets, which are performed on this album.

The quartets aren't ground-breaking like those of Haydn and Mozart written around the same time. Manfredini's are written an more gallant style, concerned primarily with beauty and clarity.

And he succeeds on both counts. The melodies are nicely phrased, with catchy motifs that practically dare the listener not to hum along. Cadences occur at regular intervals, and all sections repeat to ensure the audience has an other opportunity to enjoy the music.

The Quartetto Delfico have a clean, clear ensemble sound that's well-suited to material. Listening to this recording, it's easy to picture the musicians playing by candlelight to a select audience of minor nobility in a gilded hall.

I wouldn't call Manfredini's string quartets great music, but they're definitely quite good. And quite pleasant to listen to.
Submitted on 09/16/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 5 in G major
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Delfico
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 2 in B flat major
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 4 in C major
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Manfredini, Vincenzo : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F major
  • Notes: Villa San Fermo, Lonigo (VI) (09/06/2013-09/08/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical