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Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel: String Quartets

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>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Dutilleux, Henri : Ainsi la nuit, for string quartet
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Dutilleux, Henri : Ainsi la nuit, for string quartet
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Unlike Beethoven and Bartok, both fascinated by the string quartet throughout their creative life, most French composers were cautious in their approach to a formation long associated with the Austro-German tradition. Debussy, Ravel and more recently Dutilleux, all noted for their mastery of orchestration, each visited the genre only once - but with outstanding success. The 'Arcanto Quartet', which features the talents of cellist Jean Guihen Queyras, violist Tabea Zimmermann and violinists Daniel Sepec and Anje Weithas, proves once again that new musical felicities can always be found in works of true genius.

The Independent on Sunday
A "super-group" among quartets, with each player an established soloist, the Arcanto Quartet's intonation is faultless, its blend fresh and exciting.

Gramophone Magazine
The interpretation of the Debussy Quartet has sinew and propulsion, with that apt shading of dynamics and subtlety of nuance that have become hallmarks of the Arcanto's distinctive and distinguished style. Delicacy and fluency are equally embraced in this commanding performance, as they are in the Ravel

The Times
With their velvet tone the starry Arcanto Quartet prove ideal performers. Often the heartbeat is in the cello (Jean-Guihen Queyras, exceptionally eloquent); but whoever throbs, the music soars...A lovely disc.

The Telegraph
Right at the start, the performance of the Debussy quartet is a striking example of the Arcanto's skill and stylistic perception. The playing has muscle, incisiveness and drive, tempered by delicacy of nuance...It is a riveting disc - a further manifestation of the Arcanto's blend of finesse, flair and probing intelligence.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (10/2009).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
  • Running Time: 24 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Dutilleux, Henri : Ainsi la nuit, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1973-1976

>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
  • Running Time: 27 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1902-1903