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Quartetto di Cremona: Recording all of Beethoven's String Quartets

Quartetto di Cremona violist Simone Gramaglia
Quartetto di Cremona violist Simone Gramaglia.

QuartettodiCremona has been performing Beethoven’s string quartet repertoire regularly since 2014, when they performed the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in Milan. Riding the heels of that concert success, they went into the studio to record all of Beethoven’s quartets.

The fifth volume of the recordings is out now on the German recording label Audite.de, and it includes a work which is not in the string quartet repertoire: a piece requiring an extra viola player. I had the opportunity to chat with Quartetto di Cremona violist Simone Gramaglia about their Beethoven project, and about Beethoven’s only “true” string quintet.

For fifteen years, from August 2001 to May 2016, Farrar Hudkins was one of WWNO’s most familiar voices, serving the station as Announcer/Producer, Chief Announcer, Chief Classical Announcer/Producer, and interim Music Manager. From 2007-2016, he programmed all classical music for our classical stream, and over his fifteen years he interviewed many musicians, including Joshua Bell, Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Emmanuel Ax. Farrar participated in New Orleans' musical community as a trumpet player. Today Farrar is still present on New Orleans Public Radio as the voice of many WWNO and Classical 104.9 underwriters, working for us from his home in South Florida.