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listen  1. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: I. Vivace ma sereno 9:17Album Only
listen  2. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: II. Adagio 4:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: III. Tema con variazioni: Allegretto tranquillo 5:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quartet No. 1 in A Major: IV. Finale 7:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: I. Molto sostenuto11:26Album Only
listen  6. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: II. Adagio 9:12Album Only
listen  7. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III. Movimento di scherzo 5:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: IV. Molto concitato11:18Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0058JDC7G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Together with Casella, Malipiero and Respighi, Pizzetti was one of the leading composers of the generation of Italian composers born around 1880 . The early String Quartet in A major has a delightfully open lyricism linked to the folk modes of the compose

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Faber on October 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
For me there are only a couple dozen perfect CD's and this is one of them! I took a chance and bought this years ago on Marco Polo based upon a favorable Penguin Guide review. Not only are both quartets wonderful, all eight movements are extremely enjoyable. The quartets were composed near the beginning and end of Pizzetti's career around 1903 and 1933. The style is Romantic with a little dissonance here and there. As the disc jacket promotes, they are extremely lyrical.

The first is a little lighter, brighter, sunnier than the latter which seems darker and denser. All eight movements just abound with beautiful melodies. I've probably listened to this CD 40-50 times already and just thoroughly enjoy it every time. Now that it is released on Naxos it is even cheaper than before. If you like string quartets, I can't imagine anyone not liking this! Pizzetti's CD with the Piano Trio and Violin Sonata is also good, but this is special.
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