Friday 14 October 2014 7.30 pm in Cairns Church

QUARTETTO DI CREMONA »

Cristiano Gualco violin      Paolo Andreoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola     Giovanni Scaglione cello

Puccini
Mozart
Beethoven
Crisantemi »
String Quartet No 22 in B flat, K589 »
String Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No 2 Razumovsky »

We are delighted to welcome back this brilliant, world-renowned quartet who were such a hit with our audience two seasons ago. From their native Italy they open with Puccini's gorgeously romantic little elegy 'Chrysanthemums', which has themes he re-used in his opera Manon Lescaut. Mozart's quartet K589 is a late masterpiece dating from the year before he died, one of his three 'Prussian' quartets. Beethoven broke the mould of the string quartet form forever with his three extraordinary 'Rasumovsky' quartets.

The second, from the fiery intensity of its beginning to the galloping exuberance of the finale via a rapturous slow movement, brings this opening concert to an inspiring close.

"I was really excited by what I heard from the Quartetto di Cremona . Their vivid sound and attacking style gave the music a real edge.... reminded me of the long-gone Quartetto Italiano, one of the greatest quartets of all time".
Michael Tumelty, The Herald, November 2013

"the most exciting new disc of string quartet playing that I have come across for a long time."
BBC Music Magazine, March 2016

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