Rossini: Sonate A Quattro

Rossini: Sonate A Quattro
Composer Gioacchino Rossini
Artist The Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Soloists
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93764
EAN code 5028421937649
Release August 2008

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Rossini wrote these six sonatas for strings – two violins, cello and double-bass – at the precocious age of twelve. He was scathing about them in later life, even after transcribing them for string quartet – a form in which they have retained popularity and a place in the record catalogue – but they reveal in more than embryonic form his talent for virtuosic writing and his infallible ear for a fine tune, no less than Mendelssohn’s string symphonies do at a similar age: both composers show a sophisticated fertility of invention beyond that of Mozart at the same age. Now these sonatas take on new colours, transcribed for flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon, and dispatched with élan by the wind principals of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Other information:
- First recording.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Quartet No. 1 in F Major: Allegro moderato
  2. Quartet No. 1 in F Major: Andante
  3. Quartet No. 1 in F Major: Rondo, allegro
  4. Quartet No. 2 in G Major: Moderato
  5. Quartet No. 2 in G Major: Andante
  6. Quartet No. 2 in G Major: Allegro
  7. Quartet No. 3 in F Major: Allegro
  8. Quartet No. 3 in F Major: Andante
  9. Quartet No. 3 in F Major: Allegretto
  10. Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat Major: Allegro vivace
  11. Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat Major: Andante
  12. Quartet No. 4 in B-Flat Major: Rondo, allegretto
  13. Quartet No. 5 in D Major: Allegro spiritoso
  14. Quartet No. 5 in D Major: Andante assai
  15. Quartet No. 5 in D Major: Rondo
  16. Quartet No. 6 in F Major: Andante
  17. Quartet No. 6 in F Major: Thema, allegretto, variations & Finale