Cremona Quartet: Italian Postcards

December 1, 2020, 9:00 am

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Celebrating 20 years of an illustrious international career with their 14th recording and first on Avie, the multiple award-winning Cremona Quartet sends Italian Postcards, assembling evocations of the country by four non-natives. Mozart penned his first string quartet during his first Italian journey to the town of Lodi. Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade takes its inspiration from poetry and ancient Italian melodies. Extending the quartet repertoire, the Cremona commissioned British-French-Israeli composer Nimrod Borenstein, whose Cieli d’Italia was inspired by the colors of the Italian skies. The album’s idyllic conclusion is Tchaikovsky’s string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, in which the quartet is joined by violist Ori Kam (Jerusalem Quartet) and cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet).