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Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets

Quartetto Italiano

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The Quartetto Italiano's claims are strongest in the Op 18 Quartets. They offer eminently civilised, thoughtful and aristocratic readings.
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Contents

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 No. 1

Work length28:25
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1972-01-24
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Allegro con brio

Track length8:56

2. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato

Track length9:30

3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)

Track length3:28

4. Allegro

Track length6:31

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2

Work length25:35
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1975-07-31
  • Recording Venue: Musica Théâtre, Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1. Allegro

Track length8:27

2. Adagio cantabile - Allegro - Tempo I

Track length6:47

3. Scherzo (Allegro)

Track length4:24

4. Allegro molto, quasi presto

Track length5:57

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

Work length26:17
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1972-01-24
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Allegro

Track length8:08

2. Andante con moto

Track length8:29

3. Allegro

Track length3:03

4. Presto

Track length6:37

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Work length25:19
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1975-07-31
  • Recording Venue: Musica Théâtre, Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1. Allegro ma non tanto

Track length9:05

2. Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto

Track length7:26

3. Menuetto (Allegretto)

Track length4:19

4. Allegro

Track length4:29

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5

Work length29:43
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1973-07-30
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Allegro

Track length6:43

2. Menuetto

Track length5:24

3. Andante cantabile

Track length10:59

4. Allegro

Track length6:37

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6

Work length27:44
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1973-07-30
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Allegro con brio

Track length6:30

2. Adagio ma non troppo

Track length7:34

3. Scherzo (Allegro)

Track length3:31

4. La Malinconia (Adagio - Allegretto quasi allegro - Adagio - Allegretto - Poco adagio - Prestissimo)

Track length10:09

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

Work length40:30
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1973-12-19
  • Recording Venue: Musica Théâtre, Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1. Allegro

Track length11:38

2. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando

Track length9:01

3. Adagio molto e mesto

Track length13:13

4. Thème russe (Allegro)

Track length6:38

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

Work length38:43
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1973-12-19
  • Recording Venue: Musica Théâtre, Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1. Allegro

Track length10:25

2. Molto adagio

Track length14:28

3. Allegretto

Track length8:10

4. Finale (Presto)

Track length5:40

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

Work length20:36
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1971-01-27
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Allegro con brio

Track length4:29

2. Allegretto ma non troppo

Track length6:59

3. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso

Track length4:07

4. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato

Track length5:01

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Work length31:57
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1973-12-19
  • Recording Venue: Musica Théâtre, Salle de Musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds

1. Introduzione (Andante con moto) - Allegro vivace

Track length10:35

2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto

Track length9:59

3. Menuetto (Grazioso)

Track length5:03

4. Allegro molto

Track length6:20

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

Work length32:39
  • Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Quartetto Italiano
  • Recorded: 1971-07-31
  • Recording Venue: La Salle des Remparts, La Tour-de-Peilz

1. Poco adagio - Allegro

Track length10:17

2. Adagio ma non troppo

Track length10:07

3. Presto - Più presto quasi prestissimo

Track length5:26

4. Allegretto con variazioni

Track length6:49

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

Work length38:01
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1968-06-18
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

1. Maestoso - Allegro

Track length6:57

2. Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile

Track length15:24

3. Scherzando vivace

Track length8:36

4. Finale

Track length7:04

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Work length25:14
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1968-06-18
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

1. Allegretto

Track length6:21

2. Vivace

Track length4:01

3. Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo

Track length7:10

4. Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß (Grave - Allegro - Grave ma non troppo tratto - Allegro)

Track length7:42

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Work length42:44
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1969-04-19
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

1. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro

Track length13:56

2. Presto

Track length2:07

3. Andante con moto ma non troppo. Poco scherzando

Track length7:09

4. Alla danza tedesca (Allegro assai)

Track length3:11

5. Cavatina ( Adagio molto espressivo)

Track length7:08

6. Finale (Allegro)

Track length9:13

Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Work length18:51
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1969-04-19
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

Overtura (Allegro) - Meno mosso e moderato - Allegro - Fuga

Track length18:51

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Work length42:21
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1969-08-03
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo

Track length8:54

2. Allegro molto vivace

Track length3:05

3. Allegro moderato

Track length0:57

4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile - Più mosso - Andante moderato e lusinghiero - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice - Allegretto

Track length14:34

5. Presto

Track length5:37

6. Adagio quasi un poco andante

Track length2:26

7. Allegro

Track length6:48

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Work length47:00
  • Quartetto Italiano (string quartet), Paolo Borciani (violin), Elisa Pegreffi (violin), Piero Farulli (viola), Franco Rossi (cello)
  • Recorded: 1967-08-31
  • Recording Venue: Theatre Vevey, Vevey

1. Assai sostenuto - Allegro

Track length10:00

2. Allegro ma non tanto

Track length8:19

3. Canzona di ringraziamento offerta alla divinità da un guarito, in modo lidico (Molto adagio) - Sentendo nuova forza (Andante)

Track length19:30

4. Alla marcia, assai vivace - Più allegro - Presto

Track length2:18

5. Allegro appassionato

Track length6:53