Prima la musica - Quartetto Italiano: The Complete Warner Recordings

Release Date: 7/9/2021
Catalog Number: 673920
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 14

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The finest string quartet, unquestionably, that our century has known.” In 1951, when the Quartetto Italiano first visited the USA, composer Virgil Thomson’s was enthused: “Perfection is the only word to describe this playing.” The quartet’s members, who had met while studying in Siena, made their ensemble debut in 1945. They went on to enthral audiences around the world with interpretations of proverbial beauty, insight and architectural elegance. In this collection, presenting their entire Warner Classics discography, their subtle mastery is as evident in essential Austro-German repertoire as in Italian music spanning five centuries and works by Debussy, Ravel, Milhaud, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Complementing the catalogue they built between 1953 and 1959 is their very first recording, made in 1946 when they were still known as the Nuovo Quartetto Italiano. The collection, entirely remastered, features a number of recordings appearing on CD for the first time.

Works on This Recording
1. Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1893 ; France
2. Gavotta by Leonardo Vinci
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
3. Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 39 no 8/G 213 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Spain
4. Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 58 no 2/G 243 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1799 ; Spain
5. Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1825-1826 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Quartet for Strings no 12, Op. 252 by Darius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
9. Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Austria
10. String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: by 1777 ;
11. Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 76 no 2/H 3 no 76 "Quinten" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 92 by Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941 ; USSR
13. Quartet for Strings no 4 by Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; Italy
14. Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 33 no 3/H 3 no 39 "Bird" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1781 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
15. Quartet for Strings in B flat major, Op. 76 no 4/H 3 no 78 "Sunrise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, D 32 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1812 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Quartet for Strings no 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 "Harp" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Concerto a quattro no 1 in G minor by Baldassare Galuppi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ;
20. Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 44 no 4/G 223 "La Tiranna" by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
Written: 1792 ; Spain
21. Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 18 no 2 by Giuseppe Maria Cambini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Classical
22. Canzoni (6), 1608: Canzon a 4, C 186 "La Spiritata" by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Renaissance
23. Canzoni (6), 1608: Canzon quarta by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1608 ; Venice, Italy
24. Balletto primo by Biagio Marini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Baroque
Written: 1629 ;
25. Sonata no 5 à 4 by Massimiliano Neri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; Italy
27. Sonate a quattro for string quartet No. 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata") by Alessandro Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano
Period: Baroque
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