QUARTETTO ITALIANO - DECCA, PHILIPS, DG RECORDINGS

QUARTETTO ITALIANO
COMPLETE DECCA, PHILIPS & DG RECORDINGS

INCLUDING COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS BY
MOZART · BEETHOVEN · BRAHMS
SCHUMANN · WEBERN
Maurizio Pollini
Int. Release 27 Nov. 2015
37 CDs
0289 478 8824 6
Limited Edition


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos.7 & 9

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky"

1.
12:01

String Quartet In C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:10:52

CD 2: Mozart: String Quartet No.2; Clarinet Quintet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.2 In D, K.155

1.
3:47

2.
4:53

Quartetto Italiano

Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

4.
7:16

5.
8:24

6.
7:42

Antoine de Bavier, Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 43:13

CD 3: Haydn: String Quartet Op.77, No.1; Beethoven: String Quartet No.6

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In G Major, Hob. III:81 (Op.77 No.1)

2.
7:32

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In B Flat, Op.18 No.6

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 50:13

CD 4: Mozart: String Quartets Nos.19 & 23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.19 In C, K.465 - "Dissonance"

3.
5:26

Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K.546

5.
4:39

6.
3:53

String Quartet No.23 In F, K.590 "Prussian No.3"

8.
7:55

10.
7:02

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:04:09

CD 5: String Quartets By Haydn, Boccherini, Schumann & Verdi

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In E Flat Major, Hob.III: 64, (Op.64 No.6)

1.
5:04

2.
4:57

Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
String Quartet in D Major, Op.6, No.1

6.
6:05

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.41 No.2

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
String Quartet in E minor

12.
7:16

13.
7:14

14.
3:06

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:13:28

CD 6: Schubert: String Quartets In A Minor & B Flat Major; Quartettsatz

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.13 In A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

2.
8:44

String Quartet No. 8 In B Flat Major, D.112 (Op. Post. 168)

8.
4:53

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:17:22

CD 7: Mozart: String Quartets Nos.1-5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.1 In G, K.80

String Quartet No.2 In D, K.155

String Quartet No.3 In G, K.156

String Quartet No.4 In C, K.157

14.
0:00
1:55

String Quartet No.5 In F, K.158

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:09:01

CD 8: Mozart: String Quartets Nos.6-9

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.6 In B Flat, K.159

String Quartet No.7 In E Flat, K.160

String Quartet No.8 In F, K.168

String Quartet No.9 In A, K.169

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 54:13

CD 9: Mozart: String Quartets Nos.10-13

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.10 In C, K.170

String Quartet No.11 In E Flat, K.171

String Quartet No.12 In B Flat, K.172

10.
0:00
5:03

String Quartet No.13 In D Minor, K.173

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:04:04

CD 10: Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.14 In G, K.387

String Quartet No.15 In D Minor, K.421

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 56:09

CD 11: Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 16 & 17

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No. 16 In E Flat Major, K.428

String Quartet No.17 In B Flat, K.458 -"The Hunt"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 55:43

CD 12: Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 18 & 19

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.18 In A, K.464

String Quartet No.19 In C, K.465 - "Dissonance"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:05:31

CD 13: Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 20 & 21

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.20 In D, K.499 "Hoffmeister"

String Quartet No.21 In D, K.575 "Prussian No.1"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 53:53

CD 14: Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 22 & 23

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
String Quartet No.22 In B Flat, K.589 "Prussian No.2"

String Quartet No.23 In F, K.590 "Prussian No.3"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 50:52

CD 15: Mozart: Divertimenti

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Divertimento In D Major, K. 136

1.
4:06

2.
5:48

3.
2:46

Divertimento In B Flat Major, K. 137

4.
5:47

Divertimento In F Major, K. 138

7.
3:37

8.
6:00

9.
1:56

Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K.546

10.
4:37

11.
4:11

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 43:11

CD 16: Haydn: String Quartets Op.3, No.5; Op.64, No.5; Op.76, No.2

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In D Major, Hob. III:63, (Op.64 No.5 "The Lark")

String Quartet In F Major, Hob.III No.17, Op.3 No.5 - "Serenade"

String Quartet In D Minor, Hob. III:76 (Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths")

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 52:21

CD 17: Haydn: String Quartets Nos. 77 & 78

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
String Quartet In C Major, Op.76 No.3, Hob. lll:77 "Emperor")

1.
7:03

String Quartet in B flat major, Hob.III:78, Op.76, No.4 "Sunrise"

6.
7:01

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 50:40

CD 18: Boccherini: String Quartets Op.6, Nos. 1 & 3; Op.58, No.2

Luigi Boccherini (1743 - 1805)
String Quartet in D Major, Op.6, No.1

String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.6, No.3

4.
9:06

6.
4:06

String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.58, No.2

9.
4:55

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 58:23

CD 19: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.1 In F, Op.18 No.1

String Quartet No.2 In G, Op.18 No.2

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 53:53

CD 20: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In D, Op.18 No.3

String Quartet In C Minor, Op.18 No.4

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 51:48

CD 21: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In A, Op.18 No.5

String Quartet In B Flat, Op.18 No.6

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 57:19

CD 22: Beethoven: String Quartet No.7

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In F, Op.59 No.1 - "Rasumovsky"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 40:28

CD 23: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 8 & 11

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.8 In E Minor, Op.59 No.2 -"Rasumovsky No. 2"

String Quartet No.11 In F Minor, Op.95 - "Serioso"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 59:19

CD 24: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 9 & 10

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In C, Op.59 No.3 - "Rasumovsky No. 3"

String Quartet No.10 In E Flat, Op.74 - "Harp"

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:04:57

CD 25: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 14

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.12 In E Flat Major, Op.127

String Quartet In C Sharp Minor, Op.131

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:20:36

CD 26: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 16

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet In B Flat, Op.130

String Quartet No.16 In F Major, Op. 135

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:08:10

CD 27: Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 & Grosse Fuge

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
String Quartet No.15 In A Minor, Op.132

Grosse Fuge In B Flat, Op.133

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:05:59

CD 28: Schubert: String Quartets Nos.13 & 14

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.14 In D Minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"

String Quartet No.13 In A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"

6.
8:17

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:15:22

CD 29: Schubert: String Quartet No.15; Quartettsatz

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.15 In G, D. 887

4.
11:19

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:06:02

CD 30: Schubert: String Quartet No.14; Quartettsatz

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
String Quartet No.10 In E Flat Major, D.87

3.
7:27

4.
8:17

String Quartet No.14 In D Minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden"

5.
12:39

8.
9:09

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:18:27

CD 31: Brahms: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
String Quartet No.1 In C Minor, Op.51 No.1

String Quartet No.3 In B Flat, Op.67

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:11:39

CD 32: Brahms: String Quartet No.2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
String Quartet No.2 In A Minor, Op.51 No.2

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 32:12

CD 33: Schumann: String Quartets Nos. 1-3

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
String Quartet No.1 in A Minor, Op.41 No.1

3.
6:00

4.
6:22

String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.41 No.2

String Quartet No.3 in A, Op.41 No.3

11.
8:48

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 1:18:48

CD 34: Dvorak: String Quartet No.12; Borodin: String Quartet No.2

Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
String Quartet No.12 In F Major, Op.96 "American" B. 179

2.
8:07

3.
3:58

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
String Quartet No.2 In D

5.
7:56

6.
4:42

7.
9:14

8.
7:03

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 55:59

CD 35: Debussy & Ravel String Quartets

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
String Quartet In F Major, M.35

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 56:33

CD 36: Webern: Music For String Quartet

Anton Webern (1883 - 1945)
5 Movements For String Quartet, Op.5

4.
2:49

5.
0:45

6.
2:02

6 Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op.9

8.
0:39

11.
0:56

13.
0:42

String Quartet, Op.28

14.
3:50

15.
1:42

Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 52:05

CD 37: Brahms: Piano Quintet

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Quintet In F Minor, Op.34

Maurizio Pollini, Quartetto Italiano

Total Playing Time: 43:49

. . . [the young quartet's early recordings] have a winning spontaneity and a real sense of vitality . . . The playing gains in elegance and lyricism, as well as rhythmic freedom . . . Their Beethoven cycle, for me, is at its greatest in the middle-period quartets: the "Rasumovskys" are simply magnificent. The last four Schubert quartets are really impressive, with the final G major work perfectly balancing muscle and ambition with elegance and lyricism. And their collaboration with Maurizio Pollini in the Brahms Piano Quintet (a "Gramophone" Award winner) is very fine . . . A lovely memento of a great ensemble.

From the very first bars their security, their astonishing togetherness and sonorities announce that they are not simply four musicians playing but an entity: a perfect string quartet . . . [a] collection of superlative performances . . .

. . . egal, was man jetzt aus der auch mit einigen Erstveröffentlichungen gespickten Box herauszieht - man ist stets verblüfft über das geradezu zeitlose Spiel, Denken und Fühlen dieser verschworenen Gemeinschaft . . . Wobei hier und da der Klang der vier Mitglieder derart miteinander verschmilzt, als würde es sich beim Quartetto Italiano eigentlich um ein kleines Kammerorchester handeln. Dass das Quartetto Italiano aber auch stürmisch zuzupacken verstand, bewies man in der legendären Einspielung von Brahms' Klavierquintett mit Maurizio Pollini. Bravissimo!

De tous ces sommets de la musique de chambre, le Quartetto Italiano nous offre invariablement des interprétations chaleureuses, irréprochables et d'une constante beauté, axées sur la cohésion, la vitalité, l'élégance, une pureté de style alliée à une sonorité homogène et une précision d'intonation infaillible rarement égalée, quelles que soient la difficulté et l'époque du répertoire envisagé.

Ces quatre instrumentistes vont hisser leur travail en commun vers des sommets de cohésion et de beauté sonore. Désormais il peut tout se permettre, osant, dans les grands adagios de Beethoven, des mouvements lents d'une profondeur insondable . . . La fusion des quatre instrumentistes est telle qu'ils ne s'adjoindront que rarement des partenaires. Avec une mémorable exception: le quintette op/34 de Brahms avec Pollini; une référence pour l'éternité. On peut être plus décontracté, plus fougueux, plus dramatique que l'Italiano. Rarement aussi magistral dans le culte de la forme bien pensée et de la beauté sonore.