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CASELLA, A.: Concerto, Op. 40 / 5 Pieces, Op. 34 / TURCHI, G.: Concerto breve (Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 88.2Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia


Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia



Area Studio, Preganziol, Treviso, Italy


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Total Time - 70:54
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CASELLA, A.: Concerto, Op. 40 / 5 Pieces, Op. 34 / TURCHI, G.: Concerto breve (Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia)

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Concerto, Op. 40

1 I. Sinfonia: Allegro brioso e deciso 07:30
2 II. Siciliana: Andante dolcemente mosso 08:30
3 III. Minuetto, Recitativo, Aria: Allegretto grazioso e molto moderato 05:17
4 IV. Canzone: Allegro giocoso e vivacissimo 06:40

5 Pieces, Op. 34

5 No. 1. Preludio 03:52
6 No. 2. Ninna-Nanna 06:12
7 No. 3. Valse Ridicule 03:16
8 No. 4. Notturno 07:38
9 No. 5. Fox-Trot 06:05



Concerto breve

10 I. Elegia: Molto lento - 04:12
11 II. Allegro, un po' concitato - 07:30
12 III. Rondo: Allegro, piuttosto vivace e ben ritmato 04:12
 Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia Ensemble

 Towards the end of the 19th century a new, home-grown school of instrumental music began to flourish in Italy, bearing fruit over the following decades. Casella’s Cinque pezzi (1920) and Concerto, Op 40b (1923), both for string quartet, are two high points of of the genre, with the Concerto quickly becoming an international success. Guido Turchi’s Concerto breve, which draws on the models of Hindemith and Bartók, is another significant contribution to the development of the string quartet in 20th-century Italy.

"... These performances are excellent. There’s plenty of energy and precision, and Venezia clearly has fun with the many character changes that often occur in Casella’s pieces."  

Greg Pagel - American Record Guide - May 2014

 "...The sound quality of this disc is simply stunning: crisp, clear, almost razor-sharp in its realistic presentation of the string sound, and the equally crisp playing of Quartetto di Venezia makes it a pleasure to hear." 

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - May/June 2014

 "...A quartet of the highest order, this CD exposes the extraordinary musical flair and technical skill of the Quartetto di Venezia as they perform the works of these two twentieth century Italian composers. They play with zeal and intelligence, making this is a disc to treasure." 

Lucy Jeffery - - February 2014

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