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Debussy: String Quartet; Piano Trio / Brodsky Quartet; Bavouzet, piano; Williams, harp

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>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
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Notes & Reviews:

The Brodsky Quartet celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Formed in 1972, the Quartet quickly emerged at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. It has performed more than 2000 concerts and made more than fifty highly acclaimed recordings. Now exclusive Chandos artists, the Brodsky players are releasing their second disc on Chandos, featuring the music of Debussy, with guest soloists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and harpist Sioned Williams.

Sunday Times
For those of us who recall the Brodskys as “Cool Britannia” clotheshorses, their 40th anniversary this year — well, for two of the line-up — comes as a shock. Less surprising is their compelling account, forthright and dramatic, rather than hazily impressionistic, of the First Quartet , which never had a successor. The same is true of the 1880 Piano Trio closer in style to Saint-Saëns than the Debussy of a decade later for which they are joined by Chandos's resident Debussian master pianist. Just as desirable are the rare arrangements of the orchestral Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and quintet (by Fabrice Pierre), and the exquisite piano Rêverie, rendered for quartet by Paul Cassidy.

bbc.co.uk, 18th April 2012
The Quartet tops the running order in a confident, vital, lyrical reading. Beautifully nuanced, there's acerbic edge, gentle Gallic playfulness, aching romance and every emotional and tonal shade in-between...Cassidy's scoring [of Reverie] is so similar to that of the quartet that the work has taken on a new identity...its new gravitas makes it a fitting bookend to the programme, a partner to the Quartet, and an unexpected delight.

International Record Review, May 2012
In the Piano Trio Bavouzet enjoys the spotlight with some memorable pearliness of tone, and here violinist Daniel Rowland is joined by cellist Jacqueline Thomas in a performance notable for its warmth and luminosity...the natural-sounding acoustic does much to enhance the listener's experience.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
Altogether a satisfying and unique Debussy coupling, superbly played...What is so striking about the playing of the Brodsky Quartet throughout is their brimming love for the music, with some ravishing shading down to the most hushed pianissimos. All this is caught in wonderfully rich and transparent sound, a credit to the Chandos engineers.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 ****
This is a marvelously inventive collection...There has been a tendency towards more red-blooded performances of Debussy's String Quartet in recent years...The Brodsky Quartet partially fit that mould...Their playing is tempered, both in the Quartet and the Reverie, by a quivering texture in more hushed moments.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The gem performance here is the trio. With drama, expressive depth, natural flow, exquisite balances, and uniform concept of style, this performance is a prime example of how to make a second-rate early work sound first rate. It's too bad the engineers delete all bass quality from the piano - something I partly fixed by turning the bass knob all the way up.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk.



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>Debussy, Claude : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
  • Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/18/2011/10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1893

>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Performer: Chris Laurence (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/18/2011/10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Debussy, Claude : Piano Trio, L. 3
  • Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1879

>Debussy, Claude : Poèmes (7) de Banville
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/18/2011/10/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890