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Schubert, Dvorak, Borodin: String Quartets / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Philips Silverline Classics Catalog #: 420876   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertAntonín DvorákAlexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

At last, the Dvorák American I've valued above all the more recent issues returns on CD, and in a very satisfying transfer too—I still find it hard to believe that the recording is 20 years old. The Italians' playing has freshness, affection, firm control and above all authority to a degree that no relative newcomer can match. I have similar feelings about their Death and the Maiden: a grand conception packed with memorable detail—their evocation of terror in the early stages of the first movement coda has never been bettered. There's one slight snag—a sustained noise like radio interference for about 12 seconds in the finale (track 4 from 7' 56"); I don't remember that on the original LP. Otherwise a strong recommendation for Read more two classic performances, well transfered. The Borodin Notturno is a pleasant though quite unnecessary extra (the disc would be 65 minutes long without it); as every Borodin admirer knows, it's much more effective in its original context.

-- Gramophone [3/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 14 in D minor, D 810 "Death and the Maiden" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
2. Quartet for Strings no 12 in F major, Op. 96/B 179 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
3. Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 

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