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Malipiero: The String Quartets (Complete Edition) Import

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Audio CD, Import, February 18, 1997
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Disc: 1
1. Quartetto N.1: Rispetti E Strambotti
2. Quartetto N.2: Stornelli E Ballate
3. Quartetto N.3 Cantari Alla Madrigalesca
4. Quartetto N.4
Disc: 2
1. Quartetto N.5: Dei Capricci
2. Quartetto N.6: L'Arca Di Noe
3. Quartetto N.7
4. Quartetto N.8: Quartetto Per Elisabetta

Product Details

  • Performer: Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia
  • Composer: Gian Francesco Malipiero
  • Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dynamic Italy
  • ASIN: B0000044K6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark McCue on July 12, 2002
It's now all the rage for writers to rave about Malipiero's masterful quartets and rate them up there with those of Bartok.
That's a pretty fair argument except to point out that Malipiero has more range and was in many ways more original than Bartok. Twenty years ago you couldn't get the same writers to even acknowledge Malipiero as one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century, which he most surely was.
The Veneziano wraps around these works in performances so organic, so suffused with light and mood, that the competing survey by the Orpheus seems cold and glassy by comparison. The Orpheus hangs onto the Bartok comparison so much that it seems to be trying to make an argument for Bartok having written these quartets, too. It's a fine set in its way, but with nothing like the effect of the Venetian players. Somehow, I think the Veneziano studied these works in far more detail.
Of even greater note: the Veneziano captures fully the poise and utter elegance of these great works, an elegance that was so much a part of Malipiero's idiom and his native Venice. It recorded in a studio, but it somehow conjures the autumnal shadows of a Palladian gazebo, white linen, flutes of sparkling Prosecco, and handmade pasta on lovely old silver. By comparison, the Orpheus is curt and urban, with the strident atmosphere of a stand up tavola calda with bites between gulps of espresso from a paper cup. While the Veneziano is out around Vicenza in a villa garden, the Orpheus is squarely at Santa Lucia railway station wondering why the elletromotrice for Milan is late yet again. I'd prefer to not be on that kind of tight schedule with Malipero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rf.fenster on November 22, 2013
These wonderful quartets are now offered in a multi-cd set of Italian string quartets under the name Quartetti Italiani on the same Dynamics label. These go for around $50 here on Amazon and include quartets by Boccherini, Verdi, Puccini, Resphigi, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Me on July 13, 2011
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I love these quartets. They are absolutely genius with not a moment of stagnation, always moving and reshaping, twisting and turning, alternating solo parts. These pieces make me think of a time in the steriotypical "future" when people wear tight jumpsuits and proform these pieces in white sterile spaceship compartments. They remind me of Shostakovich a bit, but then different. Better in my opinion, and I love Shostakovich's quartets.
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