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Gower Festival: South Wales Evening Post / 'Never more impressed than by Quartetto di Cremona'

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Gower Festival has hosted many fine quartets over the years, including such luminaries as the Belcea, the Skampa and the Wihan, but I don't remember ever being more impressed than by the remarkable Quartetto di Cremona. From the opening bars of a Haydn quartet their playing was so simple, so clean, crisp and sparkling, that you just knew you were in safe hands. And who better to play the rarely-heard quartet by Verdi, in his bicentenary year, than a group formed about twenty miles up the road from Verdi's birthplace? It's an intricate, restless work, with few signs of its composer's normal practice, apart from the beautifully played cello aria in the trio of the third movement. READ THE FULL ARTICLE