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1. Rapahel Quartet: Puccini: Crisantemi; 3 Minuets; Scherzo; Quartet Movement; Crisantemi (Andante Mesto)
2. Minuetto I (Moderato)
3. Minuetto II (Allegretto)
4. Minuetto III (Assai Mosso)
5. Scherzo in a Minor (Allegro Vivo)
6. Allegro Moderato (Quartet in D Major)
7. Cherubini: String Quartet No.1 in Eb Major*; I. Adagio - Allegro Agitato
8. II. Larghetto Sans Lenteur
9. III. Scherzo. Allegretto Moderato
10. IV. Finale. Allegro Assai
11. Verdi: String Quartet in E minor* ; I. Allegro
12. II. Andantino
13. III. Prestissimo
14. IV. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro Assai Mosso

More Info:

"an essential disc for Puccini-fanciers... these chips off the workbench fascinatingly illuminate what we know of the opera composer... recorded sound is very vivid and immediate for the excellent Raphael Quartet."... "Among the six quartet pieces I crisantemi is justly well known a charming piece that provided material for Manon Lescaut. The second of the three Minuets similarly gave Puccini the idea for the brilliant opening of that opera... Scherzo in A minor of the same year is delightful, presumably intended as another movement for the quartet" (Gramophone)