August 15, 2023
Quartetto di Cremona 2023-2024 Season Highlights

“It’s a rare blend: breadth of sound and capriciousness combined with perfect tuning and ensemble has the players sounding absolutely of one voice… Nothing less than life-affirming.”

“The Cremona’s [Lincoln Center debut] performance was distinguished by splendid balance, abundant colour and a relaxed mastery of all the musical elements.”
The Strad

“…a first-rate evening, bordering on the transcendent.” 
The New Criterion

Quartetto di Cremona, Italy’s preeminent string quartet, earned the prestigious Franco Buitoni Award in 2019, and are now entering their 23rd season, having toured extensively in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, carving out a highly acclaimed, international career among the world’s best string quartets. This season, they make their Carnegie Hall debut on October 26 as part of a five-city US tour in the fall, and return to the US in March 2024, for a performance at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and appearances in Texas, Idaho and New Mexico. 

Quartetto di Cremona carry on the legacy of the great Quartetto Italiano (1945-1980), one of the most esteemed quartets of the 20th century; members of Quartetto di Cremona began their string studies with violist Piero Farulli of the Italiano. Their US program this fall is a celebration of string quartets in Italy, with a nod to their mentors; the program features Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 in A minor and Ravel’s only string quartet, favorite works recorded by Quartetto Italiano in the 1960s. The program also includes Wolf’s jaunty Italian Serenade from Quartetto di Cremona’s Italian Postcards (Avie 2020). 

The quartet returns to the US in the spring with a program of works by Golijov, Shostakovich and Schubert.  Says Cremona’s Simone Gramaglia “Shostakovich wrote his eighth quartet in memory of the victims of fascism and war; Golijov brings us the beauty of peace and transcendence alongside the drama of fight, violence and hate; and Schubert tells us about youth and the unexpected. So it’s a program about life and death, joy and tragedy and the message that, despite all, there is always time for hope.” 

WOLF Italian Serenade
RAVEL String Quartet in F Major
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

Oct 22, 2023 / Santa Monica, CA / The Maestro Foundation 
Oct 26, 2023 / New York, NY / Carnegie Hall 
Oct 28, 2023 / Kansas City / The Friends of Chamber Music 
Oct 30, 2023 / Philadelphia, PA / Philadelphia Chamber Music Society 
Oct 31, 2023 / New Haven, CT / Yale University, Oneppo Chamber Music Series 

GOLIJOV Tenebrae 
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 
SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 "Death and the Maiden" 

Feb 29, 2024 / College Station, TX / Friends of Chamber Music 
Mar 1, 2024 / Boise, ID / Boise Chamber Music Series 
Mar 3, 2024 / Albuquerque, NM / Chamber Music Albuquerque 
Mar 8, 2024 / New York City / Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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