Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was a tireless traveler, during his life took care of literature, poetry, mathematics, science and natural phenomena, archeology, astronomy and botany. His entire production is kaleidoscopic: he experiences new aspects of music, such as the sound of the first ever soundtracked film when he was over seventy (L'Assassinat du duc de Guise, 1908).
This album includes the complete piano quartets by the composer. The first, written between 1851 and 1853, was published a year after his death. It is an early work with references to Liszt and Schubert.
Quartet decidedly more mature his Op 41, composed in 1875, and considered one of the cornerstones of French chamber music together with Franck and Fauré works.
Recorded at: Centro congressi c/o Palude di Onara, Padova,
Engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: Graphic by OnClassical using photo by x1brett from flickr.com (CC BY)
studio master is copyrighted: OnClassical, © 2012
The Quartetto Avos was founded in 2007 at the National Academy of "Santa
Cecilia" in Rome by the violist Diana Bonatesta.
The quartet has immediately drawn international interest following its participation
to the two most important Italian chamber music competitions (both members of the
World Federation of Geneva). In 2009 it was awarded the International "Vittorio
Gui" Award in Florence, followed by a Second Place (First unassigned) at the International
Award "Premio di Trieste" and the "Premio Amedeo Baldovino" for the best Brahms
interpretation of Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25. It also received the "Audience
Award" by the Italian publication "Il Piccolo di Trieste". In 2010 it was awarded
an absolute Second Price at the "Salieri Zinetti International Competition held
in Mantova and Verona. It also successfully participated to the Mirabemt
Magrans International Competition winning the Third Prize (the only Italian ensemble
succeeded to the finals) and the Rospigliosi Musical Competition, this time winning
absolute First Prize. Still in 2010 it has won the Monte dei Paschi Prize and the
prestigious Diploma of Honor at the worldwide known Accademia Chigiana.
The quartet has followed some of the most renowned musicians, including Dario
De Rosa, Renato Zanettovich, Maureen Jones, Enrico Bronzi, Felix Avo, Alfonso Ghedin,
Rocco Filippini and the Alban Berg Quartet; with whom it is currently studying at
the prestigious Hocschule fuer Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
Although the quartet has been active for only four years, it has performed in
more than one hundred concerts both in Italy and abroad (the Roma Tre University,
the Viterbo University, the Alighieri Theatre in Ravenna, the Verdi Theatre in Trieste,
the City Theatre in Florence, the Verdi Theatre in Pisa, the Borromini Sacristy
and the D. Pamphili Palace in Rome, the Chigiana Academy in Siena, Music University
of Bologna, the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Petrassi Hall in Rome, the
Fioravanti Society of Prato, the Arts Academy Foundation, the New Colosseum Theatre
in Rome, the Mancinelli Theatre of Orvieto, Siena, Viareggio, Campobasso, Jesi,
It has performed for the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Italian Embassy
in Bucarest, and the Sinopoli Chamber at the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome.
In 2009 it has also performed abroad in Japan and Holland, having a huge success
in both tours. While in Japan the quartet held a seminar on Chamber Music at the
University of Tottori. The quartet has already committed much of its schedule in
the upcoming months with some of the most renowned institutions such as the Verdi
Theatre in Trieste, "La Fenice" Theatre in Venice, Serate Musicali of Milan, the
Società Filarmonica of Rovereto...
The quartet has recorded for Suonare and (two albums) OnClassical. The quartet
was dismissed in 2011.
The sound of the original quartet owes much to the interesting
fusion of the strings led by talented Diana Bonatesta.
- Alessandro Simonetto