DEBUSSY. Quartetto Italiano.
I arrived at Rome during 1950 and therefore I don't have an idea about the popularity and success of the new Italian Quartet in the UK as it had of course in Italy, and in the rest of Europe. I learned that in Summer 1945, four very young musicians from Northern Italy decided to play together: they were great friends and highly motivated. In their first performance in Milan included the Debussy Quartet that they continue to play for many years as a symbol showing signs of their permanent development. They became one of the great and better quartets of that century, attaining a rare perfection between Wilhelm Furtwangler teaching and heredity, the precision of German Romanticism, and the Latin feeling and emotion. Furtwangler transmitted them the richness of playing with new ideas and thoughts , which they carefully combined with their friendship, their natural purity, a certain shyness, their love for music and for perfectionism, to attain a tension charged with ideals. They continue to play together for more than 40 years.
Beethoven and Mozart were their strongest and best works and with the Debussy Quartet they obtained the composer`s sound, light, a continuity of transparency and opalescence: a perfect Beauty, as their dream was . Five stars for this exceptional CD.