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'Tis too late to be wise'

Kitgut Quartet

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"Kitgut" is an old word for catgut (which is not made from cat intestines), and sure enough, the Kitgut Quartet plays on historical instruments with gut strings. That's just one of the measures taken by the group to make English, four-part music of the late 17th century cohere with the Classical-era string quartet, here represented by Haydn's String Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No. 2. The ancestors of the string quartet lie in the Italian trio sonata and transitional genres like the Telemann Quadro, not in English music that happened to have four viol parts, and the Kitgut Quartet here conflates two different genres, viol consort music and instrumental pieces from theatrical works by Purcell and John Blow. Not only the instrumental sound but also the engineering has to be manipulated to make the program, with Haydn in the middle, hang together. The good news is that the players pull it off. They concede that Haydn and Purcell are two different animals but claim that "on closer inspection of the spirit, the contrasts, the play on spatial effects, the asymmetries, the dance motifs that help to structure the freest and most experimental developments, the dramatic and theatrical lyricism, one wonders if the person playing that game is not still the same." The Haydn outer movements play off the humor of the Purcell theatrical pieces nicely, with the consort music of Purcell and Matthew Locke providing the main contrast. The result is a curiously attractive program, where another layer is added to the musical meanings of the original material. It can be heard for its sensuous surfaces, or as a kind of experiment, and one awaits future releases from this young group.
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9 Fantasias, Z. 735-743 (Henry Purcell)

1
No. 8. Fantasia a 4 in G Major, Z. 742
00:03:20

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

The History of Timon of Athens, Z. 632 (Henry Purcell)

2
Curtain Tune on a ground
00:01:58

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

The Tempest, Z. 631 (Matthew Locke)

3
IV. Curtain Tune
00:03:56

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Consort of Four Parts : Suite No. 2 in D Major (Matthew Locke)

4
I. Fantazie
00:03:27

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

5
II. Courante
00:00:55

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

6
III. Ayre
00:01:38

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

7
IV. Saraband
00:01:22

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

String Quartet in D Major, Op. 71 No. 2, Hob. III:70 (Joseph Haydn)

8
I. Adagio
00:06:08

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Joseph Haydn, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

9
II. Adagio cantabile
00:05:01

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Joseph Haydn, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

10
III. Menuetto. Allegro - Trio
00:01:54

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Joseph Haydn, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

11
IV. Finale. Allegretto
00:03:24

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Joseph Haydn, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

9 Fantasias, Z. 735-743 (Henry Purcell)

12
No. 2. Fantasia a 4 in B-Flat Major, Z. 736
00:02:56

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

King Arthur, Z. 628 (Henry Purcell)

13
Fairest Isle
00:02:19

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Consort of Four Parts : Suite No. 1 in D Minor (Matthew Locke)

14
II. Courante
00:01:03

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

15
III. Ayre
00:01:42

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Matthew Locke, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

King Arthur, Z. 628 (Henry Purcell)

16
Hornpipe
00:01:21

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Pavan in G Minor, Z. 752 (Henry Purcell)

17
Pavan in G Minor, Z. 752
00:04:40

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730 (Henry Purcell)

18
Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730
00:03:57

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - Henry Purcell, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Venus and Adonis, Act II (John Blow)

19
Act Tune
00:02:03

Kitgut Quartet (Amandine Beyer, Violin - Naaman Sluchin, Violin - Josèphe Cottet, Viola - Frédéric Baldassare, Cello) - John Blow, Composer

© 2020 harmonia mundi ℗ 2020 harmonia mundi

Album Description

"Kitgut" is an old word for catgut (which is not made from cat intestines), and sure enough, the Kitgut Quartet plays on historical instruments with gut strings. That's just one of the measures taken by the group to make English, four-part music of the late 17th century cohere with the Classical-era string quartet, here represented by Haydn's String Quartet in D major, Op. 71, No. 2. The ancestors of the string quartet lie in the Italian trio sonata and transitional genres like the Telemann Quadro, not in English music that happened to have four viol parts, and the Kitgut Quartet here conflates two different genres, viol consort music and instrumental pieces from theatrical works by Purcell and John Blow. Not only the instrumental sound but also the engineering has to be manipulated to make the program, with Haydn in the middle, hang together. The good news is that the players pull it off. They concede that Haydn and Purcell are two different animals but claim that "on closer inspection of the spirit, the contrasts, the play on spatial effects, the asymmetries, the dance motifs that help to structure the freest and most experimental developments, the dramatic and theatrical lyricism, one wonders if the person playing that game is not still the same." The Haydn outer movements play off the humor of the Purcell theatrical pieces nicely, with the consort music of Purcell and Matthew Locke providing the main contrast. The result is a curiously attractive program, where another layer is added to the musical meanings of the original material. It can be heard for its sensuous surfaces, or as a kind of experiment, and one awaits future releases from this young group.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded February 2019, Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (France)

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