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Quatuor Hermès|Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy

Ravel, Dutilleux & Debussy

Quatuor Hermès

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Two years after its very well received recording of three Schumann quartets, Quatuor Hermès – created about ten years ago – is turning its attention to three staple French masterpieces: Ravel and Debussy’s quartets (two iconic figures of their − relatively young − generation who have been coupled on disc again and again, but who would complain?) surrounding Dutilleux’s quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night). Three very unique quartets, as each of their composers only wrote a single one. For the record, Debussy’s quartet still belongs to the 19th century as it was composed in 1893 in a language formally borrowing from Franck (even if the chord progressions already feel like classic Debussy), while Ravel’s inaugurates the 20th century in 1903 with Faurean notes in abundance… On the other hand, Dutilleux waited to achieve maturity (1976) to write his. An inescapable monument of 20th French chamber repertoire, played with finesse and transparency by Quatuor Hermès, cementing their place among the elite quartets of our time. © SM/Qobuz

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String Quartet in F major (Maurice Ravel)

1
I. Allegro moderato
00:08:19

Quatuor Hermès - Maurice Ravel, Composer

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II. Assez vif. Très rythmé
00:06:17

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III. Très lent
00:07:59

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4
IV. Vif et agité
00:05:01

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String Quartet "Ainsi la nuit" (Henri Dutilleux)

5
I. Nocturne
00:03:02

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II. Miroir d'espace (Parenthèse 1)
00:02:03

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III. Litanies (Parenthèse 2)
00:02:46

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IV. Litanies 2 (Parenthèse 3)
00:04:22

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V. Constellations (Parenthèse 4)
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VI. Nocturne 2
00:00:54

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VII. Temps suspendu
00:02:39

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String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (Claude Debussy)

12
I. Animé et très décidé
00:06:31

Quatuor Hermès - Maurice Ravel, Composer

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13
II. Assez vif et bien rythmé
00:03:54

Quatuor Hermès - Maurice Ravel, Composer

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14
III. Andantino, doucement expressif
00:07:23

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IV. Très modéré
00:07:09

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Album Description

Two years after its very well received recording of three Schumann quartets, Quatuor Hermès – created about ten years ago – is turning its attention to three staple French masterpieces: Ravel and Debussy’s quartets (two iconic figures of their − relatively young − generation who have been coupled on disc again and again, but who would complain?) surrounding Dutilleux’s quartet Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night). Three very unique quartets, as each of their composers only wrote a single one. For the record, Debussy’s quartet still belongs to the 19th century as it was composed in 1893 in a language formally borrowing from Franck (even if the chord progressions already feel like classic Debussy), while Ravel’s inaugurates the 20th century in 1903 with Faurean notes in abundance… On the other hand, Dutilleux waited to achieve maturity (1976) to write his. An inescapable monument of 20th French chamber repertoire, played with finesse and transparency by Quatuor Hermès, cementing their place among the elite quartets of our time. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded September 2016, Teatro Bibiena, Mantua (Italy)

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