Thursday, October 22, 2015

Giuseppe Cambini 6 Flute Quartets - Quartetto Due Piu Due (2015)

Giuseppe Maria Cambini 
Six Flute Quartets
Performer Quartetto Due Piu Due
Release: September 2015

Giuseppe Maria Cambini, as I swim into the ocean of Classical Era Period string quartet, I found Cambini as one of the most mysterious composer in the genre. His life and death is rather obscured. The Wikipedia page listed as "Livorno, 13 February? 1746–Netherlands? 1810s? or Paris? 1825?". So, he probably death poorly that his death didn't even got recorded well. He composed over 700 works, with about 125 rumoured as string quartets and 100 as string quintets. His string quartet as recorded already in double CD by Quartetto Le Ricordanze.

In September 2014, Brilliant Classics finally put Cambini's works into recording room. Cambini's six flute quartets instead was selected. They are from Opus 24 set. All quartets in two movements but lasted quite long where the first movement all run over eight minutes. A good news for flute chamber music lover. A great sample music of Cambini in the genre. Here the CD notes:

Giuseppe Maria Cambini was probably active in Naples in the mid-1760s, but nothing certain is known of him until his move to Paris in the early 1770s, where his Op.1, a set of string quartets, was published shortly afterwards. Within the next 35 years upwards of 600 instrumental works had appeared under his name – enough to stretch even the famous Brilliant catalogue of ‘complete’ composer boxes… But Cambini’s wellcrafted melodies and good-humoured charm are well worthy of investigation, and from this set of quartets with flute, it is easy to see why his music was so popular: he was the galant Parisian composer par excellence. His life was even more anonymous than his music, and his death still more so; he may have died in Paris in 1825, or perhaps a decade earlier in the Netherlands.

The structure of these quartets is generally in no more than two movements, often both quick and in the same key. The themes are easy on the ear, with a natural, simple, unsurprising language and characterized by part-writing of unfailing sympathy. There is a strong stylistic elegance, touching inspiration and pre-Romantic feeling with hints of proto-Schubertian inspiration. In these historically informed performances, Stefano Parrino plays on a modern Yamaha copy of a Classical-model wooden flute. He is himself a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Patrick Gallois.

Giuseppe Cambini was born in Naples, but settled early in his life in Paris, where he became a well known musician, teacher and composer of an astonishing quantity of works, mainly of instrumental chamber music.

His flute quartets are delightful works, light, sprightly, charming, full of good tunes and interesting instrumental flourishes. A true composer of the Galant Style, in Parisian spirit.

Played by a young and enthousiastic Italian ensemble DuePiùDue, playing original instruments, obviously enjoying these highly entertaining works.

Giuseppe Cambini 6 Flute Quartets - Quartetto DuePiuDue (2015)

Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major T.145      
      I. Allegro con spirit 8:36      
      II. Rondo. Allegretto 4:05  
Flute Quartet No. 2 in G Major   T.146    
      I. Allegro grazioso 5:53      
      II. Rondo. Allegretto 4:39

Flute Quartet No. 3 in A Minor   T.147  
      I. Allegro affettuoso 9:18      
      II. Presto 7:46      

Flute Quartet No. 4 in C Major T.148
      I. Allegro brillante 8:08      
      II. Tempo di minuetto: Grazioso 5:47  
Flute Quartet No. 5 in G Major T.149    
      I. Allegro espressivo 8:55      
      II. Andante. Arioso con variation 7:26      

Flute Quartet No. 6 in A Major T.150    
      I. Allegro con grazia e moderato 9:05      
      II. Presto 5:33  

Quartetto DuePieDue
Stefano Parrino - flute Yamaha 874W (wooden)
Francesco Parrino - violin Giuseppe & Antonio Gagliano , Naples circa 1790-1805
Claudio Andriani - viola Arnaldo Morano , Turin 1962
Alessandro Andriani - cello Franco Simeoni, Treviso 2002

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