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Quartetto di Cremona

Postby SRD » November 25th, 2017, 8:39 am

One of the world's top quartets, playing some of the best instruments in the world (The Paganini Quartet), in one of the best acoustics in the country, in a programme of Italian music, how could it be anything but fantastic?
In the first half they presented the delightful Boccherini Quartet Op. 2 No. 6 followed by the only quartet Verdi wrote, another lovely piece, almost like a film score in parts but very definitely not just a reworking of operatic themes. It was playful, light and elegant.
The second half was a lot more serious, starting with Puccini's single movement Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums, in Italy traditionally associated with mourning) a slow memoriam followed by Respighi's String Quartet No 3 where playfulness interweaves with much deeper themes.
It was a tremendous concert showing that Italian music doesn't have to take a back seat to the heavyweights of Germany and Austria, a point emphasised by the lollipop, a piece of froth from some Salzburg born dilettante.



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Re: Quartetto di Cremona

Postby Little John » November 25th, 2017, 12:29 pm

Where was it, Simon?
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Re: Quartetto di Cremona

Postby SRD » November 26th, 2017, 7:42 am

Wiltshire Music Centre.
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