Quartetto Italiano – Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 ‘Harp’ (1956/2020)
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The Quartetto Italiano was a string quartet founded in Reggio Emilia in 1945. They made their debut in 1945 in Carpi when all four players were still in their early 20s. They were originally named Nuovo Quartetto Italiano before dropping the “Nuovo” tag in 1951. They are particularly noted for their recording of the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, made between 1967 and 1975. The quartet disbanded in 1980.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74, was written in 1809 and is nicknamed the “Harp” quartet. The nickname “Harp” refers to the characteristic pizzicato sections in the allegro of the first movement, where pairs of members of the quartet alternate notes in an arpeggio, reminiscent of the plucking of a harp. Like many nicknames for Beethoven’s works, this was created by the publisher.
01 – String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: I. Poco adagio – Allegro
02 – String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: II. Adagio, ma non troppo
03 – String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: III. Presto
04 – String Quartet No. 10 in E-Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”: IV. Allegretto con variazioni