Music: Three Men & a Girl

The Quartette Italiano is novel in several respects—first of all because it is made up of Italians, and it has been a generation or more since an Italian quartet has won the general verdict "great." It also breaks with custom by including a girl: pretty Second Violinist Elisa Pegreffi. More astonishing still to the audiences who packed their 34 concerts in U.S. and Canadian cities this fall, the four musicians play without scores.

Last week the Quartetto Italiano wound up a sensational first tour of the U.S. with a Manhattan recital that made some quartet history itself. Acknowledging their audience with businesslike...

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