"An outstanding release"The Strad.
With ITALIAN JOURNEY
, critically acclaimed Quartetto di Cremona
presents an intriguingly intimate and authentic approach to Italian chamber music by composers Giuseppe Verdi (1813 1901), Luigi Boccherini (1743 1805), Giacomo Puccini (1858 1924), and Ottorino Respighi (1879 1936).Quartetto di Cremona
is about to become the legitimate successor of the legendary Quartetto Italiano. Following a concert at the Wigmore Hall, the British magazine The Strad
, wrote "Dynamic contouring was as sleek and elegant as an Armani suit, and it tailored the music to perfection."
In Australia, the Quartetto di Cremona was acclaimed as the "glory of the Perth Festival"
, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung
described them as "one of the most exciting quartets of the current generation"
The Quartetto di Cremona was chosen for a project by The Friends of Stradivari
society in order to promote and develop the knowledge of Cremona art of making stringed instruments: An artistic mission, which directly influenced ITALIAN JOURNEY as a celebration of genuine understanding and interpretation of the music.
"How wonderful.... to hear Boccherini's music played with such affectionate poise, enchantment and tonal richness, enhanced by the beguilingly smooth sound picture. An outstanding release." --JULIAN HAYLOCK, The Strad Recommends, March 2013
Whatever the tempo,texture,,voicing or general disposition, you never lose the feeling that you are being sung , not played,to.Whether or not this due to the age-old notion that the italians are a garrulous bunch listening to this recording making the music sound so immediate(particularly beautifully concentrated in the Verdi Quartet) is nothing less than life-affirming. --Gramophone, Apr'13