Félicien David: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 / Cambini Quartet

Audio Samples

>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F minor
>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major
>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor (unfinished)

Album Summary

>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F minor
>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major
>David, Félicien César : Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor (unfinished)
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Félicien David is one of those forgotten French romantic composers that fully deserve a new light on their work. In this release, Quatuor Cambini present three of his string quartets. This is of course the world premiere recording of those works.

BBC Music Magazine
Felicien David is a fascinating 'outsider' figure in 19th-century French music. These intriguing, Schubertian works receive exquisite performances here. Superb sound too.

Gramophone Magazine
Attractiveness is perhaps the keyword in this music. No complaints there, for David writes with grace and drama, with a fine ear for sonority and instrumental balance...Playing on period instruments, the Quatuor Cambini-Paris combine verve and sensitivity in underlining the essential elements of enjoyment that the music conveys.

Sunday Times
They are both substantial and easy on the ear, if sometimes a little obvious. In these respects, David is something like a French Mendelssohn, but he knows how to make the string quartet's sonorities work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fondation Singer-Polignac, Paris, France (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Félicien David (1810 - 1876) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in F minor
  • Ensemble: Cambini Quartet Paris
  • Running Time: 24 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Félicien David (1810 - 1876) : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A major
  • Running Time: 23 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860s

>Félicien David (1810 - 1876) : Quartet for Strings no 4 in E minor (unfinished)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876