Arcanto Quartett Debussy - Dutilleux - Ravel : Quatuors à cordes

Debussy - Dutilleux - Ravel : Quatuors à cordes

Arcanto Quartett

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on September 10, 2018 by harmonia mundi

Main artist: Arcanto Quartett

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music

Distinctions: Choc de Classica (September 2010) - Hi-Res Audio (March 2012)

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Album : 1 disk - 15 tracks Total length : 01:11:10

    String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (Claude Debussy)
  1. 1 I. Animé et très décidé

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  2. 2 II. Assez vif et bien rythmé

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  3. 3 III. Andantino, doucement expressif

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  4. 4 IV. Très modéré - Très mouvementé et avec passion

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  5. 'Ainsi La Nuit' pour quatuor à cordes (Henri Dutilleux)
  6. 5 I. Nocturne. Libre et souple

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  7. 6 Parenthèse 1. II. Miroir d'espace

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  8. 7 Parenthèse 2. III. Litanies

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  9. 8 Parenthèse 3. IV. Litanies 2

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  10. 9 Parenthèse 4. V. Constellations

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  11. 10 VI. Nocturne

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  12. 11 VII. Temps suspendu

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  13. String Quartet in F major (Maurice Ravel)
  14. 12 I. Allegro moderato, très doux

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  15. 13 II. Assez vif, très rythmé

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  16. 14 III. Très lent

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  17. 15 IV. Vif et agité

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About

In addition to the traditional pairing of the Debussy and Ravel string quartets, the Arcanto Quartett performs Henri Dutilleux's Ainsi la Nuit (1971-1976), a grouping that is becoming increasingly popular on recordings. These are absolutely secure, thoughtful, self-effacing readings of the Debussy and the Ravel. While the quartet doesn't bring particular new revelations to the pieces, the members play with nuanced sensitivity and impeccable musicianship. The haunted quiet they achieve in the first part of the third movement of the Debussy is especially impressive, as is the clarity of their sense of direction and unity in the final movement, the most difficult of the four to pull off. Similarly in the Ravel, the contrast between the serenity of the third movement and the raw athleticism of the fourth is attention-grabbing and invigorating. The affinities Ainsi la nuit shares with the Debussy and Ravel quartets may not be immediately apparent because Dutilleux's harmonic language is not tonal, and its seven moments don't have an easily recognizable structure; this is unabashed "modern music." Placed strategically between the Debussy and the Ravel, though, the quartet can be heard as a relative of those works, which in their time (particularly the Debussy) stretched the boundaries of quartet writing. Like the earlier works, the Dutilleux is concerned with drawing fresh, new, often startlingly beautiful sonorities from the ensemble. The work's title, as well as the titles of many of its movements, suggests a nocturnal scene, and listening to the piece with that in mind can help orient the listener. The nearly pointillist sparseness of the fourth movement conjures up the mysterious vastness of space, and the riot of colors in the fifth movement, "Constellations," evokes a night sky blazing with stars. Harmonia Mundi's sound is clean, present, and nicely ambient. These are performances that would serve well as introductions to the Debussy and Ravel, and the Dutilleux should intrigue listeners with open ears.

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Details of original recording:

Enregistré en octobre 2009 au Teldex Studio à Berlin
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Quatuor à cordes en sol mineur, Op. 10

Henri Dutilleux (né en 1916)
"Ainsi la nuit" pour quatuor à cordes

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Quatuor à cordes en fa majeur


Arcanto Quartett
(Antje Weithaas & Daniel Sepec, violon - Tabea Zimmermann, alto - Jean-Guihen Queyras, violoncelle)


À l'inverse de Beethoven ou Bartók, hantés par le quatuor à cordes tout au long de leur vie créatrice, les compositeurs français ont souvent approché avec prudence cette formation longtemps associée à la tradition germanique. Orchestrateurs d'exception, Debussy, Ravel et plus récemment Dutilleux n'y sont venus qu'une fois... mais avec quelle réussite !

C'est après avoir expérimenté ensemble les différentes formations de musique de chambre, y compris en tant que quatuor depuis l'été 2002, que Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann et Jean-Guihen Queyras ont fondé le Quatuor Arcanto. Constitué de quatre musiciens connus d'abord en tant que solistes, l'ensemble a immédiatement attiré l'attention : au-delà de leur amour de la musique et de leur amitié, ses membres partagent le plaisir de se mesurer aux exigences des œuvres pour quatuor à cordes. Ici, ils prouvent une nouvelle fois qu'ils constituent un ensemble de haute volée.

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