Milano: Società del Quartetto

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Mozart relation for 2006

The Società del Quartetto’s main tribute to Mozart will be a special concert to be held in the Royal Palace’s “Hall of the Eight Columns” during the week of
Mozart’s 250th birthday. On January 20, 2006, taking advantage of three exceptionally beautiful Mozart-era fortepianos – two Walthers and a Stein, generously loaned for the occasion by the well-known Milanese collector Fernanda Giulini – Melvyn Tan and Andreas Staier will perform some of the composer’s best-known keyboard works for the Società del Quartetto’s subscribers and friends. (Within this palace’s walls – in the Regio Ducale Teatro, which burned down in 1776 – the world premieres of Mozart’s Mitridate re di Ponto, Ascanio in Alba and Lucio Silla took place in the early 1770s.) Other works by Mozart that will be heard during the course of the 2005-06 season include the Nine Variations in D Major on a Minuet by J. P. Duport, K. 573 (Alfred Brendel, 8 November); the string quartets in D minor, K. 173, and C Major, K. 465 (Emerson Quartet, 31 January); the Andante in F Major, K. 616, for mechanical organ (arr. for winds; Bibiena Quintet, 21 February); the string quartets in D Major, K. 155, E-flat Major, K. 171, and B-flat Major, K. 589 (Artemis Quartet, 7 March); and various keyboard works, to be announced (Mitsuko Uchida, 28 March).


In 1864 – at a time when, in Italy, “music” meant almost exclusively opera – the composer and poet Arrigo Boito, the music publisher Tito Ricordi, the conductor Franco Faccio and other Milanese intellectuals founded the Società del Quartetto in order “to encourage and propagate devotion to good music through public and private concerts, especially in the Quartet and Symphony genres.”
Ever since then, the Società del Quartetto has played host to music’s great protagonists, from Hans von Bülow (as early as 1870) to Richard Strauss in his Italian debut, and from Arturo Toscanini to Claudio Abbado; from Anton Rubinstein, Ferruccio Busoni, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Artur Schnabel to Maurizio Pollini, Alfred Brendel and Radu Lupu; from Pablo de Sarasate, Bronislaw Huberman and Jascha Heifetz to Nathan Milstein; from the Joachim, Busch and Budapest quartets to the Quartetto Italiano and Tokyo Quartet; from the Cortot-Thibaud-Casals and Fischer-Kulenkampff-Mainardi trios to the Trio di Trieste; from Lotte Lehmann and Elisabeth Schumann to Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; from Pablo Casals to Wanda Landowska; from Schoenberg to Hindemith and Stravinsky.
The society is proud to have presented many historic local and/or national premieres, from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion to various Beethoven symphonies and innumberable chamber works of all periods. The society’s goals also included, and still include, support for competitions and the commissioning of new works by contemporary composers.
In 1990, the Società del Quartetto created a new association, “I Concerti del Quartetto,” whose internationally recognised activities were carried out in collaboration with such major institutions as the City of Milan and the Teatro alla Scala.
From 1994 to 2004, I Concerti del Quartetto, together with the City of Milan, presented series of Bach Weeks, in the course of which all of Bach’s sacred and profane cantatas were performed. This initiative was recognised by Italy’s music critics through the awarding of the Abbiati Prize.
Since 1998, by request of the City of Milan, the the Società del Quartetto has also been directly involved in helping to organise the well-known early music series, “Music and Poetry at San Maurizio”.
Thus the “Quartetto” – a term that today comprises both the society’s original goals as well as its present-day commitments – remains one of the most prestigious and vibrant institutions on the Italian musical scene.
Contact & Information
Società del Quartetto di Milano
Via Durini 24
20122 Milan
Tel: 02 7600 5500
Fax: 02 7601 4281

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