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Webern: Complete String Quartets / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 11/28/2006 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 420796   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Telling performances that project these jeweled fragments with drama and lyricism.

For Webern the LaSalle have a formidable rival in the Quartetto Italiano. It would be impossible to surpass the LaSalle's refinement with No. 4 of Op. 5, yet generally the Italiano make these pages sound more dramatic, more lyrical. It is the same with the Op. 9 Bagatelles: obviously both performances are in the highest class as quartet playing, but the Italiano project these jewelled fragments with greater emphasis by which I don't mean more loudly. Webern's Quartet Op. 28 is a more remote work, having a comparable relation to his Opp. 5 and 9 as Schoenberg's last two Quartets to his first. Again it is the Quartetto Italiano who tell us
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings, Op. 28 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1938; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Sätze (5) for String Quartet, Op. 5 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Preglhof 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland 
Length: 11 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings, M 79 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Preglhof 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Bagatelles (6) for string quartet, Op. 9 by Anton Webern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Modern 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1970 
Venue:  La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Unforgettable Performances of Webern August 15, 2014 By David Federman See All My Reviews "No musician has ever traveled a longer distance in a shorter period than Anton Webern did between 1905, when he composed the lovely Brahms-like "Slow Movement for String Quartet," and 1909 when he composed the atonal, minimalist "Five Movements for String Quartet." And no group has ever made me appreciate this warp-speed journey to the outer reaches of music more than the Quartetto Italiano. The Quartetto Italiano, whose recordings of the Beethoven string quartets are my favorites, brings dynamic clarity and compelling lyricism to this groundbreaking music. If this superb 1970 album doesn't make you an admirer of Webern, I doubt that any ever will. Kudos to Arkiv Music for keeping this important album in print." Report Abuse
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