Manfredini: Complete String Quartets

Manfredini: Complete String Quartets
Composer Vincenzo Manfredini
Artist Quartetto Delfico
Mauro Massa violin
Andrea Vassalle violin
Gerardo Vitale viola
Valeria Brunelli cello
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94786
EAN code 5028421947860
Release June 2014

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About this release

For Manfredini, instrumental music was ‘a form of language, in a way similar to painting and poetry’, and its main objective ‘to please and touch the heart’. This beautiful collection shows the extent to which his work reflected his theoretical and aesthetic ideals. Each of the string quartets exhibits a consummate balance between the instruments, between melody and harmony, and between lyricism and chiaroscuro effects. Here was a composer who knew his art through and through, and who, moreover, successfully defended it in disputes with other contemporary music theorists. The listener will be transported by the emotive dialogues at the centre of this Italian master’s finest pieces.

The Quartetto Delfico is a group of four orchestral players who came together to specialise in the Italian string quartet repertoire. Their practice on original instruments lends them a unique identity, and they have played a number of international festivals, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 3.

Other information:
- Recorded: September 2013, Villa San Fermo, Lonigo, Italy.
- For the first time on CD: the complete string quartets by Manfredini.
- Vincenzo Manfredini (son of the famous Francisco Manfredini, the baroque composer) wrote these string quartets in classical style (“invented” by Papa Haydn) and in Italian spirit: charming, melodious, harmonious and with that very special sense of beauty only seen in Italian landscapes.
- Excellent performances in historical style by the Quartetto Delfico.
- Booklet contains Scholarly liner notes in English and Italian and an ensemble biography.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet No. 5 in G Major: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 5 in G Major: II. Adagio
  3. String Quartet No. 5 in G Major: III. Allegretto
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major: I. Andante
  5. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro Molto
  6. String Quartet No. 2 in B-Flat Major: III. Minuè
  7. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major: I. Allegro
  8. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major: II. Grave
  9. String Quartet No. 4 in C Major: III. Allegretto
  10. String Quartet No. 3 in A Major: I. Allegro
  11. String Quartet No. 3 in A Major: II. Adagio
  12. String Quartet No. 3 in A Major: III. Allegretto
  13. String Quartet No. 6 in F Major: I. Allegro con Brio
  14. String Quartet No. 6 in F Major: II. Andante
  15. String Quartet No. 6 in F Major: III. Presto
  16. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major: I. Allegro Brioso
  17. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major: II. Largo
  18. String Quartet No. 1 in D Major: III. Presto