Nardini: Complete String Quartets

Nardini: Complete String Quartets
Composer Pietro Nardini
Artist Quartetto Eleusi
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94438
EAN code 5028421944388
Release February 2013

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About this release

Pietro Nardini was a highly respected violinist and composer in 18th century Italy. His quartets are melodious, charming works written in well-crafted classical style, with a predominance of the first violin, and conspicuous for the absence of Basso Continuo.

Born into a humble family in 18th-century Italy, Pietro Nardini’s talent for violin playing led him to Livorno to study with the celebrated Giuseppe Tartini, where he reportedly became as good a violinist as his teacher. He travelled throughout Europe and was resident musician at several of its major courts – notably Tuscany, where he was Director of Music. Such was his reputation as an extraordinarily expressive technician that he was asked to play in the presence of King Ferdinand and Queen Carolina in Naples as well as Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart, not to mention other celebrities of the age.

His string quartets, initially written for the amateurs of the Florentine public, were widely commercial and published all over Europe, and this is reflected in their simplistic nature. The first three, in which the violin is the prevalent instrument, seem to follow the European traditions of the era, while the final three give equal prominence to the viola and cello. The pieces show a certain modernity when compared to his other chamber works in the lack of basso continuo and use of simple sonata form, as well as a possible German influence in the imitative parts. Performing the works is the acclaimed Quartetto Eleusi, one of Europe’s leading ensembles in the field of historically informed performance.

Other information:
- Recorded in January 2012, for the first time on CD: the 6 String Quartets of Nardini!
- Played on authentic instruments in the historically informed performance practice by the Italian Quartetto Eleusi.
- Contains extensive notes on the composer.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet No. 1 in A: I. Allegro
  2. String Quartet No. 1 in A: II. Comodo
  3. String Quartet No. 2 in C: I. Allegro
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in C: II. Adagio
  5. String Quartet No. 2 in C: III. Allegretto
  6. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat: I. Allegro moderato
  7. String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat: II. Andante
  8. String Quartet No. 4 in F: I. Adagio
  9. String Quartet No. 4 in F: II. Allegro
  10. String Quartet No. 4 in F: III. Tempo di Minuet
  11. String Quartet No. 5 in G: I. Allegro
  12. String Quartet No. 5 in G: II. Andante legato
  13. String Quartet No. 6 in E-Flat: I. Allegro
  14. String Quartet No. 6 in E-Flat: II. Comodo