GIOVANNI BOTTESINI (1821-1889): String Quartets No. 1 in B Flat, Op. 2, No. 2 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 3 and No. 3 in D, Op. 4.
Catalogue Number: 03M046
Description: Although known primarily as a double-bass virtuoso and composer for that instrument, Bottesini also wrote 11 string quartets. These three, dating from 1858, show a Mediterranean warmth and a native, Italian melodic style, especially in the aria-like slow movements while the outer movements and scherzos are bright, sunlit and cheerful. Quartetto Elisa. Original 1998 release (05-044).