CONSTANTINO GAITO (1878-1945): String Quartets No. 1, Op. 23 & No. 2, Op. 33 "Incaico".
Catalogue Number: 09M055
Description: The son of an Italian violinist who had been taught by Sivori and who immigrated to Argentina in 1874, Gaito, having won a scholarship to spend two years studying in Naples and Milan around the turn of the century, played an important role in his country's musical life as violinist, composer, teacher and administrator. His first quartet comes from 1916 and is pure, abstract music, developing small motifs in classic European art-music style; its general mien is bright and sunny with the expected darker slow movement. Later, Gaito showed his interest in the "Musical Americanism" movement popular at that time and his second quartet, from c.1924, makes much use of pentatonic scales and other "native" source-types which may or may not use authentic folk music (the notes are silent on that), providing a nice dichotomy for this release between European "serious" and South American "popularly-derived" styles. Sarastro Quartet.