Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pietro Nardini Complete String Quartets - Quartetto Eleusi

Composer: Pietro Nardini (1722 - 1793)
Performer: Quartetto Eleusi
Released: March 2013
Label: Brilliant Classics

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Pietro Nardini, famously as the pupil of Giuseppe Tartini, was a skilful violinist from the Italian Classical era. Numerous violin concertos from Nardini already recorded (one by Mauro Rossi on Dynamic label), but today we going to celebrate his complete string quartet, world premiere recording from  Quartetto Eleusi. Thanks to Brilliant Classics for making this available and on such budget price.

Six quartets with the taste of Italian, which is clear in melody. The quartet intended for amateur player, which explain why Nardini hesitate to include his virtuoso playing into the quartet. Nardini passed away in 1793, which mean a year later than Mozart, mean he probably listen to Mozart’s output to the medium. He was also had connection with Leopald Mozart.

The pieces performed by Quartetto Eleusi with its motto ‘No Guts No Glory’. They seems to have interest in exploring a ‘broader perspective’ of the repertoire in the Classical to early Romanticism era. They also studied the violin playing method of Cherubini, Cambini, Galeazzi, Tartini, Campagnoli and others in order to get close on the historical aspect of the repertoire. This recording of Pietro Nardini’s string quartet is a great addition to the string quartet of Classical era collection. We hope the ensemble will do more in the future.

Official teaser from Brilliant Classics - Pietro Nardini Complete String Quartet - Quartetto Eleusi

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