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Background on this item -
Quartetto Italiano was a string quartet founded in 1945. They made their debut in 1945 at Capri when all four players were still in their early 20's. 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.

The secretary and historian of the Quartet was Guido Alberto Borciani (1920-2008), brother of Paolo and founder of the Premio Paolo Borciani.

Borciani, Pegreffi and Rossi met in 1940 at the Concorso Nazionale in La Spezia. In summer 1942 they met again at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where the cellist Arturo Bonucci (head of the chamber class, husband of Pina Carmirelli) put them together with the viola player Lionello Forzanti for the study session. They worked together on the Debussy quartet and performed it in September 1942.

In August 1945 the group began to study together again at the Borciani house in Reggio Emilia. Their debut followed on 12 November 1945 at the Sala dei Mori in Capri, as the 'Nuovo Quartetto Italiano', in the inaugural concert of the Società degli Amici della Musica. By the end of the year they had also performed in Reggio Emilia and in Milan. In March 1946 they were winners at the Concorso of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and also in the Concorso of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. A performance for the Milan Quartet Society followed, and the first foreign engagement was at the Zürich Tonhalle.

In February 1947 Piero Farulli replaced Forzati at the viola desk, and the first performance in the new (and permanent) company was at Mantua. Debuts followed that year in Austria, England, at the Venice International Festival, and at the Engadin Konzertwochen (where their collaboration with clarinettist Antoine de Bavier in the Mozart quintet K 581 occurred). They also gave the world premiere of the Villa-Lobos quartet no. 9 at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana.

Appearances in Italy, England, Scotland, Spain and France followed in 1948, totalling 63 concerts, and the group began recording for Decca Records. Concerts rose to over 100 in 1949, with visits to Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Norway and Holland. At Stockholm Royal Academy they gave a series of lecture-recitals with Gerda Busoni, widow of Feruccio Busoni. Another century of concerts was given in 1950.

In 1951 (having dropped the word 'Nuovo' (i.e., new) from their name) the Quartet performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Salzburg Festival. It was at Salzburg that they had a long and very influential interview with Wilhelm Furtwängler, who urged them to work towards a much greater freedom of expression which would access for them the world of Grand Romanticism. This was much later acknowledged as a critical turning-point for the group.

In November they made their first U.S.A. tour, which was repeated in approximately alternate years until 1977. Virgil Thomson pronounced them 'The finest string quartet, unquestionably, that our century has known.' In 1953, the year in which they transferred their recording programme to Columbia Records, they gave 59 concerts in the U.S.A. and Canada. In that year also, Elisa Pegreffi married Paolo Borciani.

Recordings which followed included (1954) the Darius Milhaud quartet no 12, and (1956) the Debussy quartet , which Robert Kemp described as 'miraculous'. The group was then studying the six Mozart quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn, and performed them at venues including Milan and Fiesole. Important Festival appearances continued, at Lucerne (1955), the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1959), the Prague Spring Festival (1961) and the Berlin Musikwochen.

Through the later 1960s and early 1970s the group toured further afield, to Macedonia (1966), to South America (968), to South Africa and Zambia (1970), and to Poland, the U.S.S.R. and Japan in 1973. Meanwhile their recording projects for Philips Records, begun in 1965, were coming to fruition, with the Mozart integrale finished in 1972 and the Beethoven in 1973.

In this later period their collaboration with Maurizio Pollini took place. The completion of their recording work in Schubert did not occur until 1977. In their late concerts the group focussed especially upon Beethoven and Schubert, often devoting a recital to two works, a single masterpiece by each composer. In December 1977 Piero Farulli was obliged to retire from the group owing to illness, and was replaced by Dino Asciolla. However following a tour to Israel it was decided to bring the Quartet to an end in 1980.

Paolo Borciani devoted his later years to J.S. Bach's The Art of Fugue, working with Pegreffi and two students of Farulli and Rossi. Pegreffi devoted herself to teaching, Farulli found his place in the school of Fiesole, and Rossi returned to the performance of chamber music. All four were awarded the Gold Medal of the Benemeriti della Scuola, della Cultura e dell'Arte by the Presidente della Repubblica.

PHILIPS Records LP item - RED record labels with SILVER lettering - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in HOLLAND (Dutch / Netherlands)
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: circa 1970’s (no dates to be found on the LP, jacket or run out groove)
Record Catalog Number: LY 835 361

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring -


Performers on this recording include -
Quartetto Italiano:
Paolo Borciani, violin
Elisa Pegreffi, violin
Piero Farulli, viola
Franco Rossi, cello

LP Title -

Track listings -
1. Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
2. Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

The LP jacket is in near mint minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only some mild shelf wear.
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is NO writing on the front or back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!
It retains most of the original gloss and sheen, almost like a new record!
The record has no marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
NO spindle marks either.
This is the copy you have always wanted in your collection - any picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge.

Please understand that this is a vintage record LP - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Philips LP LY 835 361 NM
  • Manufacturer: Philips Records
  • Condition: Used


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