At the time of the first quartet, Busoni was a young composer still concerned with his own training, which alternated between fecund creativity as a composer and his activity as a concert pianist.
A few years later he found himself in Vienna, independent of his family and living the life of a “typical twenty-year-old artist’, happy about his newly-won freedom, aware of his own responsibilities, and full of seriousness and resolve.
This was a difficult period for him, due both to financial difficulties and to a creative crisis which accompanied a deeply felt sense of renewal.
“The period of the Secondo Quartetto was terrible.
The first movement remained incomplete for more than a year and I had neither the courage nor the inspiration to continue. […] The task was beyond me; it was not until a year later that I had matured a bit and was able to complete it…”


Disco n.1
Busoni, Ferruccio
String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 19
  1 - I. Allegro moderato, patetico (9:34)
  2 - II. Andante (6:07)
  3 - III. Menuetto (5:13)
  4 - IV. Finale: Andante con moto, all marcia (8:09)
String Quartet No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 26
  5 - I. Allegro energico (10:30)
  6 - II. Andante con moto (8:07)
  7 - III. Vivace assai (5:57)
  8 - IV. Andantino - Allegro con brio (7:57)
  • Performers: Quartetto Webern
  • Historical Period: Romanticism
  • Code: TC 860201
  • Edition: January 2003
  • Barcode: 8007194102581
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 8
  • Total duration: 01:01:40

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