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Quartetto di Cremona debuts San Francisco Performances with Italian composers & Beethoven / examiner.com

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Last night in Herbst Theatre, San Francisco Performances presented the San Francisco debut of Quartetto di Cremona. The name refers less to the city famous for hosting some of the greatest violin makers in music history and more for being the ensemble's place of origin. The group was founded in 2000 by violinists Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli, violist Simone Gramaglia, and cellist Giovanni Scaglione when all four of them were students at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, studying with such masters as Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, and Rocco Filippini. This debut recital provided the final concert in this season's Chamber Series.

Over the past fifteen years the group has built up a repertoire whose breadth extends far beyond the composers of their native Italy. They may show a certain preference for Italians in their selection of contemporary composers; but, where music of previous centuries is concerned, they encompass the full scope of composers from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. For their debut, however, they chose to devote the first half of their program to two major Italian composers, Luigi Boccherini and Ottorino Respighi. For the second half they then turned to a single "late" quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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