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In the South: Works for string quartet by Wolf, Puccini, Verdi, Turina, Piazzolla, Paganini / Brodsky Quartet

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> Serenade in G Major, "Italienische Serenade" (Italian Serenade) - Serenade in G Major, "Italienische Serenade" (Italian Serenade)
> Crisantemi - Crisantemi
> String Quartet in E Minor - I. Allegro
> String Quartet in E Minor - II. Andantino
> String Quartet in E Minor - III. Prestissimo
> String Quartet in E Minor - IV. Scherzo fuga: Allegro assai mosso
> La oracion del torero, Op. 34 (version for string quartet) - La oracion del torero, Op. 34 (version for string quartet)
> Four, for Tango - Four, for Tango
> 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (arr. P. Cassidy for string quartet) - No. 6 in G Minor: Lento
> 24 Caprices, Op. 1 (arr. P. Cassidy for string quartet) - No. 24 in A Minor: Tema quasi presto - 11 Variations - Finale

Album Summary

>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
>Turina, Joaquin : La Oracion del torero, for lute quartet (or string quartet/string orchestra), Op. 34
>Piazzolla, Astor : Four, for Tango
>Paganini, Niccolò : 24 Capricci, Op. 1
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Brodsky Quartet here turns to the sunshine, bright colors, and deep passions of the South, performing Latin-inspired music for string quartet by composers who all possessed a strong connection to the "South" -- whether the Mediterranean or South America. Favorites and rarities are arm-in-arm, from Paganini's famed Capricci to chamber gems from composers we think of today only in regard to operatic works. The expert and passionate ministrations of the Brodsky Quartet bring these works to dazzling life.

The Observer, 24th March 2013
These six works are by composers not associated with string quartets. The mood is Italianate, but not exclusively so...Paul Cassidy, has arranged - winningly - two solo violin Caprices by Paganini for quartet, here in a premiere recording...Verdi's Quartetto has a lyrical if operatic simplicity and energy. All evoke pleasurable heat and light.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Not unexpectedly, the performances by the Brodsky Quartet are full of spontaneously imaginative insights and equal to all the diverse demands of these six composers.

International Record Review, May 2013
[In the Turina] vibrant Iberian colours make an unalloyed delight of the Brodsky's playing...[Rowland] leads a performance [of the Verdi] that stings with the shock of extreme dynamic contrasts and thrills with moments of rhythmic exactness...this is a very refreshing collection.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
It starts off well with Hugo Wolf's Italian Serenade as they breathe deep expression into the lines, releasing the work's joy. Only the Piazzolla springs to life, up tempo, full-voiced bowing, and rhythmically sharp. I could hear every voice.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012).



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Works Details

>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : La Oración del torero, for lute quartet (or string quartet/string orchestra), Op. 34
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1925

>Piazzolla, Astor : Four, for Tango
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : 24 Capricci, Op. 1 :: 6. Lento in G minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : 24 Capricci, Op. 1 :: 24. Tema. Quasi presto - 12 Variations in A minor
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/28/2012-10/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817