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Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets

Eroica Quartet

Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets

…refreshingly impetuous.
RES 10107 (Resonus Classics)
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1
I. Allegro moderato, tres doux

I. Allegro moderato, tres doux

Composer Maurice Ravel
Guest Artist Eroica Quartet
07:59 Play $3.40
2
II. Assez vif, tres rhythme

II. Assez vif, tres rhythme

Composer Maurice Ravel
Guest Artist Eroica Quartet
06:25 Play $3.40
3
III. Tres Lent

III. Tres Lent

Composer Maurice Ravel
Guest Artist Eroica Quartet
08:22 Play $3.40
4
IV. Vif et agite

IV. Vif et agite

Composer Maurice Ravel
Guest Artist Eroica Quartet
05:36 Play $3.40
5
I. Anime et tres decide

I. Anime et tres decide

Composer Claude Debussy
Band Eroica Quartet
06:41 Play $3.40
6
II. Assez vif et bien rythme

II. Assez vif et bien rythme

Composer Claude Debussy
Band Eroica Quartet
03:57 Play $1.70
7
III. Andantino doucement expressif

III. Andantino doucement expressif

Composer Claude Debussy
Band Eroica Quartet
08:25 Play $3.40
8
IV. Tres modere

IV. Tres modere

Composer Claude Debussy
Band Eroica Quartet
07:28 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 55 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Chamber Disc of the Month: ‘... heroic, questing, unsettling and magnificent performances.'  BBC Music Magazine

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Debussy's String Quartet was completed in February 1893 and first performed by the Ysaÿe Quartet on 29 December 1893, at Salle Pleyel - the 234th concert of the Société Nationale de Musique. This was almost exactly a year before Paris was shocked by the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, the most laconic manifestation of Debussy's revolutionary creative spirit. The Quartet, conceived at the same time as the Prélude, is one of his earliest mature works - a piece that still has some roots in the musical language of Franck - especially in its use of themes recurring throughout the work and in some of the harmonies - but in which a fresh and brilliant imagination can be heard, not least in the spectacularly inventive writing for string instruments - something that was thoroughly absorbed by Ravel in the Quartet he wrote a decade later.

Dedicated ‘à mon cher maître Gabriel Fauré', Ravel's only string quartet was started in 1902. Years later, Ravel himself spoke about how he saw the importance of the Quartet quoted by his friend and pupil Roland-Manuel: ‘My String Quartet represents a conception of musical construction, imperfectly realized no doubt, but set out much more precisely than in my earlier compositions.' In a clear parallel with Debussy's String Quartet, Ravel makes use of cyclic themes - material heard in the first movement returns in various guises throughout the rest of the work. The second movement is notable for Ravel's brilliant use of cross-rhythms and one of the less explicit instances of the Spanish influence in his music.

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