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Favourite Flavors / Quartetto Gelato

Album Summary

>Salerno, N. : Tango del Mare
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Anonymous : Hungaria
>Meanwell, George : Words That I Want
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Entr'acte, for flute (or violin) & harp (or guitar) (from "Le medecin de son honneur")
>Cozens, C. T. : The Clown of Venice
>Crescenzo, Vincenzo di : Rondine al nido, romance for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Donida, Carlo : Al di La
>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Konzertstuck for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79
>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
>Monti, Vittorio : Czardas
>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Velázquez, Consuelo : Besame mucho
Performers Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Peter DeSotto (tenor, mandolin, violin); George Meanwell (guitar, mandolin, cello); Claudio Vena (viola, accordion); Kristina Reiko Cooper (cello); Alexander Sevastian (accordion); Cynthia Steljes (oboe); Roberto Occhipinti (double bass).

Signing to Koch Records' classical subsidiary Linus in 2005, Toronto-based chamber music experimentalists Quartetto Gelato reissued several older albums as well as the comprehensive career overview Favorite Flavors: Best of Quartetto Gelato. Gathering tracks from all stages of the quartet's decade-plus lifespan, Favorite Flavors ranges from the delicate folk-pop of "Words That I Want," written by guitarist and cellist George Meanwell, through chamber music rearrangements of familiar European pop tunes like "Besame Mucho" and "La Vie en Rose" to several light classical pieces featuring violinist Peter DeSotto's light but pleasant tenor. Quartetto Gelato make a virtue of eclecticism and most of their albums are as charmingly varied as Favorite Flavors, but this collection gathers most of the high points and works well as an introduction to the group. ~ Stewart Mason



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>Salerno, N. : Tango del Mare
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Mandolin); Peter De Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Mandolin); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Claudio Vena (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Hungaria
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Claudio Vena (Accordion); Claudio Vena (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meanwell, George : Words That I Want
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Entr'acte, for flute (or violin) & harp (or guitar) (from "Le médecin de son honneur")
  • Performers: George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cozens, C. T. : The Clown of Venice
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Crescenzo, Vincenzo di : Rondine al nido, romance for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1920
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donida, Carlo : Al di Là
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ravel, Maurice : Le tombeau de Couperin :: Prelude
  • Performers: Kristina Cooper (Cello); Peter De Sotto (Violin); Quartetto Gelato; Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79 :: Finale
  • Performers: Kristina Cooper (Cello); Peter De Sotto (Violin); Quartetto Gelato; Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1821
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guglielmi, Louis : La vie en rose, song
  • Performers: Kristina Cooper (Cello); Peter De Sotto (Violin); Quartetto Gelato; Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963), Louis Louiguy (1916 - 1991).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monti, Vittorio : Czardas
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Cello); George Meanwell (Mandolin); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Claudio Vena (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lazzaro, Eldo di : Chitarra romana, song for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Claudio Vena (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1920-1950
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tanti anni prima ("Ave Maria"), tango (from the film Enrico IV)
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); Joe Macerollo (Accordion); George Meanwell (Guitar); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Prelude and Aria. Nessun' Dorma
  • Performers: Peter De Sotto (Violin); George Meanwell (Cello); Quartetto Gelato; Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe); Claudio Vena (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Consuelo Velázquez (1916 - 2005) : Besame mucho
  • Performers: Kristina Cooper (Cello); Peter De Sotto (Violin); Rosendo Leon (Percussion); Roberto Occhipinti (Double Bass); Quartetto Gelato; Alexander Sevastian (Accordion); Peter Sotto (Violin); Cynthia Steljes (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Gelato
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio