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Fiction

Audio Samples

>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou
>Fisher, Doris : Amado mio, song (for the film Gilda)
>Ahbez, Eden [Composer] : Nature Boy
>Lennon, John : Come Together
>Mehldau, Brad : Unrequited, for piano
>Telson, Bob : Calling you
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
>Grolnick, Don : Nothing Personal
>Shorter, Wayne : Footprints
>Shelton, James Alan : Lilac Wine
>Chaplin, Charlie : Smile (as used in the film "Modern Times" ) (spurious; by Geoffrey Persons)
>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Holmes, David : Ocean's Twelve, film score
>     7-29-04 the Day Of
>Springsteen, Bruce : Streets of Philadelphia, song (for the film Philadelphia)

Album Summary

>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou
>Fisher, Doris : Amado mio, song (for the film Gilda)
>Ahbez, Eden [Composer] : Nature Boy
>Lennon, John : Come Together
>Mehldau, Brad : Unrequited, for piano
>Telson, Bob : Calling you
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
>Grolnick, Don : Nothing Personal
>Shorter, Wayne : Footprints
>Shelton, James Alan : Lilac Wine
>Chaplin, Charlie : Smile (as used in the film "Modern Times" ) (spurious; by Geoffrey Persons)
>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Holmes, David : Ocean's Twelve, film score
>Springsteen, Bruce : Streets of Philadelphia, song (for the film Philadelphia)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"In everything we have been willing to do musically - during all that time spent practicing Haydn, Beethoven or Bartók - there has always been a concealed dream of improvising and creating a new approach to playing string quartet," confess the members of the multi-award-winning Quatuor Ébène. Fiction album brings that dream out into the open. The Ébène's first Virgin Classics CD, quartets by Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, was Gramophone's 2009 Record of the Year, also winning Germany's Echo Klassik Award 2009, Belgium's Prix Caecilia 2009 and a French Victoire de la Musique 2010, but this new collection, 'Fiction', sees them setting their special stamp on numbers from the pop and jazz repertoire.

“Quatuor Ebène seem the string quartet most likely to take on the mantle of the Kronos Quartet, not least for their ability to accommodate jazz and pop influences... Fiction is built on their tradition of encoring with dynamic chamber arrangements of such material... cellist Raphaél Merlin excels with his jazz bass virtuosity on "Nature Boy" and Wayne Shorter's "Footprints".” -The Independent

“These guys obviously swing and rock in their bones, with none of the embarrassingly trammelled, self-conscious posturing that often characterises the efforts of classically trained musicians to go native... The string playing itself is teeming with natural flair and intuitive understanding of jazz and popular idioms” -BBC Music Magazine

“Ebène possess that rare gift of drawing in the listener, from the moment the coruscating theme from Pulp Fiction scrapes across the speakers... eclecticism is never allowed to defuse the essential musicality of each performance. Indeed everything Ebène play is suffused with a "classical" sensibility, providing the recording with real substance and strength.” -Gramophone

“Many crossover attempts would have been best kept to the four walls of the musicians' own homes. That is not the case for Quatuor Ébène's Fiction... a triumph of originality and verve... Only a very few ensembles could pull off an album like this, so one can only hope that only a very few will try.” -BBC

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Pierre Colombet, Gabriel Le Magadure (violin); Mathieu Herzog (viola); Raphaël Merlin (cello); Richard Héry (drums).

Recording information: Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (04/16/2010); Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris (04/16/2010); Vulcania, Saint-Ours Les Roches (04/16/2010); Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (04/23/2010); Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris (04/23/2010); Vulcania, Saint-Ours Les Roches (04/23/2010); Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (11/20/2009); Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris (11/20/2009); Vulcania, Saint-Ours Les Roches (11/20/2009); Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (12/02/2009); Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris (12/02/2009); Vulcania, Saint-Ours Les Roches (12/02/2009); Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly (12/05/2009-12/22/2009); Studio De La Grande Armée, Paris (12/05/2009-12/22/2009); Vulcania, Saint-Ours Les Roches (12/05/2009-12/22/2009).



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Works Details

>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou
  • Performer: Quatuor Ebène
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.

>Fisher, Doris : Amado mio, song (for the film Gilda)
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Luz Casal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Allan Roberts.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Ahbez, Eden [Composer] : Nature Boy
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lennon, John : Come Together
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Paul McCartney (1942 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mehldau, Brad : Unrequited, for piano
  • Performer: Quatuor Ebène
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Telson, Bob : Calling you
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Stacey Kent
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grolnick, Don : Nothing Personal
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Shorter, Wayne : Footprints
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Shelton, James Alan : Lilac Wine
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Fanny Ardant
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.

>Chaplin, Charlie : Smile (as used in the film "Modern Times" ) (spurious; by Geoffrey Persons)
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1936

>Churchill, Frank : Some Day My Prince Will Come (for Disney's Snow White)
  • Performers: Raphaël Merlin (Cello); Quatuor Ebène
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Holmes, David : Ocean's Twelve, film score :: 7-29-04 the Day Of
  • Performers: Mathieu Herzog (Viola); Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2004

>Springsteen, Bruce : Streets of Philadelphia, song (for the film Philadelphia)
  • Performers: Quatuor Ebène; Richard Hery (Drums)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993