Dal “Rigoletto” riduzione per quartetto d’archi di A.Melchiori – Quartetto in Mi Minore

Quartetto d'Archi della Scala

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The panorama of 18th century Italian instrumental music is less arid than one thinks. This is true, at least as far as string quartets are concerned. Cherubini composed six, Donizetti nineteen, Bazzini (Puccini’s teacher at the Milan Conservatory) wrote six and, during the last thirty years of the century, Busoni produced two, Verdi one and even Puccini composed various pieces, including a recently ‘reviewed’ Quartet. However in the majority of cases, there are pieces that can be traced to the composers’ student years and, as such are rather scholastic. At the same time they do show the completeness of preparation that the young composers underwent, imposed by their respective teachers, who encouraged the study of chamber music literature of the classical Viennese period, even though many were attracted to melodrama. The lack of instrumental technique that they are sometimes criticised for even today, seems to be commonplace because the comparison with German contemporary composers is misleading as these came from a completely different tradition. Antonio Melchiori’s (1827-1897) captivating transcription for string quartet from Rigoletto, that we hear on this CD, indirectly but concretely confirms the value of Verdi’s training where, as revealed in the Quartet in E minor, he also uses counterpoint.
The arrangement for a solo instrument, particularly the piano, or for a chamber ensemble, from the most famous operatic scores, was routine procedure in the 19th century. This contributed to the popularity and therefore its extended use. Liszt’s paraphrases for the piano by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi (including Rigoletto), Wagner etc and Muzio Clementi’s transcriptions for piano, flute, violin and cello of Mozart’s last six symphonies are further evidence. Melchiori was also active in transcribing many of Verdi’s works – Aroldo, Masked Ball, Traviata, Trovatore and especially Rigoletto – for solo flute or violin as well as string quartet, sometimes substituting the second violin with flute. Guided by a fine musical taste and a well developed instrumental technique, Melchiori selected more significant moments from Rigoletto, conferring on these a chamber quality that Verdi would call the most suited, when the scene on stage is aided by the dramatic and psychological quality of the moment.The distribution of the orchestral and vocal parts is always done well, especially where the timbre is concerned. In the Prelude, expertly interpreted by La Scala Quartet, the arrangement of the quartet harmony accentuates the original darkness of the motive of the curse. Another success is the instrumental rendition of “Questa o quella per me pari sono” (I2), where the Duke’s melody is given, not to the violin as one might have expected, but to the cello. As it unfolds, the ‘lightness’ of the sound seems to accentuate his fatuous character. Melchiori’s choice of the viola to represent Gilda’s heartbreaking expression of the deceitful meeting with that “giovine ..bello e fatale” (handsome and dangerous young man) is a refined one, while the accompaniment of the other three strings accentuates the expression of her suffering (II10).

Tracklist

1.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 1. PRELUDIO ED INTRODUZ
06:18
2.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 2. DUETTO ""Quel vecchi
04:01
3.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 3. DUETTO ""Figlia! Mio
06:41
4.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 4. ATTO II"
02:52
5.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 5. ARIA ""Caro nome che
05:44
6.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 6. ARIA ""Parmi veder l
02:57
7.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 7. ARIA ""Cortigiani, v
05:50
8.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 8. ARIA ""Tutte le fest
02:44
9.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 9. FINALE ATTO II
01:58
10.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 10. CANZONE ""La donna
02:20
11.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 11. QUARTETTO
05:09
12.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 12. TEMPESTA"
02:24
13.
"G. Verdi - Dal ""Rigoletto"" riduzione per quartetto d'archi di A.Melchiori 13. DUETTO FINALE
03:52
14.
G. Verdi - Quartetto in MI Minore I ALLEGRO
07:48
15.
G. Verdi - Quartetto in MI Minore II ANDANTINO
07:24
16.
G. Verdi - Quartetto in MI Minore III PRESTISSIMO
03:10
17.
G. Verdi - Quartetto in MI Minore IV SCHERZO FUGA
04:32

Total time: 01:15:44

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Signoricci

Digital Converters

DCS AD/DA

Composers

Microphones

Neumann U47,U48,M49

Producer

Giulio Cesare Ricci

Recording Engineer

Giulio Cesare Ricci

Recording location

Pisa, Museo di Icone Russe Bigazzi

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

SACD062

Release Date September 9, 2014
SKU SACD062

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