String Quartet Quartetto di Cremona Perform Brahms, Bartók, Beethoven and Others
Why We Recommend it
Quartetto di Cremona, lauded for their refined and lyric sound, will make their Hong Kong Arts Festival debut with two concerts played on the priceless ‘Paganini Quartet’ Stradivarius instruments.
Formed in 2000, the Italian string quartet has made a name for itself as one of the most interesting chamber ensembles today. Their recent release of the complete Beethoven string quartets to near unanimous reviews has contributed to their meteoric rise on the chamber music scene.
Quartetto di Cremona’s first concert opens with rarely heard string quartets by lyrical composers Wolf, Verdi and Puccini, which are contrasted with an almost orchestral quintet by Brahms featuring a second viola. Barber’s moving Adagio for Strings and Bartók’s life-affirming String Quartet No 2 open the second concert, which ends on Beethoven’s String Quartet No 16, composed just months before the composer’s death.
They will play both concerts on Stradivarius instruments once owned by the legendary Paganini himself and handmade between 1680 and 1736.