Quartetto Italiano: The complete RIAS Recordings (Berlin, 1951-1963) Quartetto Italiano

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2019

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05.04.2019

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  • Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848): String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor:
  • 1String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor: I. Agitatissimo05:49
  • 2String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor: II. Adagio, ma non Troppo05:31
  • 3String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor: III. Presto04:51
  • 4String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor: IV. Marcia Lugubre06:15
  • Luigi Cherubini (1760 - 1842):String Quartet No. 5 in F Major:
  • 5String Quartet No. 5 in F Major: I. Moderato assai - Presto07:56
  • 6String Quartet No. 5 in F Major: II. Adagio06:50
  • 7String Quartet No. 5 in F Major: III. Scherzo. Allegro non Troppo05:39
  • 8String Quartet No. 5 in F Major: IV. Finale. Allegro Vivace05:16
  • Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882 - 1973): String Quartet No. 4:
  • 9String Quartet No. 4: Allegro -08:29
  • 10String Quartet No. 4: Allegro06:42
  • Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975): String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108:
  • 11String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: I. Allegretto03:33
  • 12String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: II. Lento04:05
  • 13String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 108: III. Allegro05:37
  • Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937):String Quartet in F Major:
  • 14String Quartet in F Major: I. Allegro Moderato08:44
  • 15String Quartet in F Major: II. Assez vif. Très Rythmé06:58
  • 16String Quartet in F Major: III. Très Lent09:05
  • 17String Quartet in F Major: IV. Vif et Agité05:58
  • Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828): String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 168 (D. 112):
  • 18String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 168 (D. 112): I. Allegro ma non Troppo11:31
  • 19String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 168 (D. 112): II. Andante Sostenuto10:13
  • 20String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 168 (D. 112): III. Menuetto. Allegro06:00
  • 21String Quartet No. 8 in B-Flat Major, Op. 168 (D. 112): IV. Presto04:51
  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41/2:
  • 22String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41/2: I. Allegro Vivace06:05
  • 23String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41/2: II. Andante, quasi Variazioni08:14
  • 24String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41/2: III. Scherzo. Presto - Trio. L'istesso tempo - Coda03:04
  • 25String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 41/2: IV. Allegro molto Vivace04:11
  • Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809): String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77/1 (Hob. III: 81):
  • 26String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77/1 (Hob. III: 81): I. Allegro Moderato05:41
  • 27String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77/1 (Hob. III: 81): II. Adagio07:53
  • 28String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77/1 (Hob. III: 81): III. Menuetto. Presto04:48
  • 29String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77/1 (Hob. III: 81): IV. Finale. Presto03:33
  • Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3:
  • 30String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3: I. Andante espressivo - Allegro molto Moderato05:54
  • 31String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3: II. Assai Agitato07:52
  • 32String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3: III. Adagio Molto08:18
  • 33String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3: IV. Finale. Allegro molto Vivace07:24
  • Total Runtime03:32:50

Info for Quartetto Italiano: The complete RIAS Recordings (Berlin, 1951-1963)



The Quartetto Italiano, pioneer of Italian chamber music culture, was one of the leading string quartets of the 20th century. The complete RIAS radio productions, released here for the first time, testify to the ensemble’s exceptional stature, the remarkable homogeneity of its quartet sound, and the enormous breadth of its repertoire.

The ensemble's confidently-chosen name made it clear from the outset that the Quartetto Italiano saw itself not simply as an Italian string quartet among many, but as the authoritative one. The ensemble was soon recognized as a pioneer of Italian chamber music culture following the Second World War. Through their tireless obsession with detail, in-depth exploration of the works' musical expression, and the remarkable homogeneity of their quartet sound, the Quartetto Italiano conquered a firm place in the top league of leading string quartets over the first two decades of their career.

The first release of the complete productions realized by the Quartetto Italiano for Berlin's RIAS between 1951 and 1963 highlights two aspects that the musicians would increasingly neglect in their later recordings: firstly, the focus on the music of their fellow countrymen, represented here in rarely-heard works by Gaetano Donizetti, Luigi Cherubini, and Gian Francesco Malipiero; and secondly, the enormous breadth of their repertoire, which ranged from Joseph Haydn, the father of the classical string quartet, to Dmitri Shostakovich's Seventh String Quartet (brand new at the time of the recording). Three works on this release (Cherubini, Donizetti, and Shostakovich) can be heard performed by the Quartetto Italiano for the first time on CD.

This release forms part of our series "Legendary Recordings" and bears the stamp "1st Master Release". The term stands for the exceptional quality of audite's archive releases which are all, without exception, produced using original tapes from the radio archives. Usually, these are the original analogue tapes with tape speeds of up to 76 cm/s, which are of astonishingly high quality, even by today's standards. In addition, the process of re-mastering - executed with professional expertise and sensitivity - reveals hitherto hidden details of the interpretations, creating a sonic image of superior quality. CD releases produced from private recordings of radio broadcasts or old 78rpm records cannot match this level of sound quality.

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