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Isasi Quartet|Marteau : Complete Works for String Quartet, Vol. 1

Marteau : Complete Works for String Quartet, Vol. 1

Isasi Quartet, Karine Deshayes

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Poor Henri Marteau... Born in 1874 to a French father and a German mother, in a time when, after the war of 1870 and the loss of Alsace-Lorraine, the hatred between the two countries was still intense. He made an early start as a violinist early, and at the age of ten he stood in for his teacher at short notice, at a big concert in Reims, where he gave a perfect rendition of a Vieuxtemps concerto. Shortly after, he made his début in London and Vienna, conducted by Hans Richter, and crossed paths with Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Busoni, Dvořák, Nielsen, Grieg, Reger and many other great musicians of his day, with whom he would give many concerts. He received recognition in 1908 when he followed Joachim into the Berlin Conservatory. But 1914 came roaring in, and Marteau – an officer in the French reserves! – found himself sent to live in deepest Germany, forbidden from performing, and, worse still, taken by the French for a German spy. After the Great War, he took Swedish citizenship, continuing to perform in Germany in the Conservatories of Leipzig and Dresden, but his glory days as an instrumentalist were behind him and he passed away in 1934. His work itself suffered from the horrors of war, as the majority of his works only existed in manuscript form, and many were lost. But his quartets survived because they were often performed during his lifetime and therefore were widely published and circulated. The Second Quartet given here, probably written in 1905, highlights the musical link that joined Marteau to Reger: robust chromatism, constant counter-punctual charge, intensely rich polyphonies, even if the slightly excessive spirit in the French style proves that this could only be a work by Marteau. As for the Eight melodies for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, sung here by Karine Deshayes, accompanied by the Isasi Quartet, they date back to his internal exile in Germany, or his exile in Sweden, in the period 1915-17. For a long time they were thought to have been lost, but after a century they were finally published, in 2016! As a little raspberry blown by the composer, he chose to write his lyrics in... French. They also have a rather French melodic and harmonic charge, with a few accents that would have been very much at home in a piece by Debussy. Either way, these works are a pleasure to discover, especially given the quality of the performances on this record. © SM/Qobuz

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String Quartet No. 2, Op. 9 (Henri Marteau)

1
I. Moderato quasi andante
Isasi Quartet
00:11:10

Henri Marteau, Composer - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

2
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto e giocoso
Isasi Quartet
00:06:58

Henri Marteau, Composer - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

3
III. Andante sostenuto
Isasi Quartet
00:07:54

Henri Marteau, Composer - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

4
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Isasi Quartet
00:08:45

Henri Marteau, Composer - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

8 Mélodies, Op. 19c (Henri Marteau)

5
No. 1. Pluie
Karine Deshayes
00:02:18

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

6
No. 2. À Douarnenez en Bretagne
Karine Deshayes
00:02:42

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

7
No. 3. Ritournelle
Karine Deshayes
00:03:25

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

8
No. 4. Matin d'Octobre
Karine Deshayes
00:02:34

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

9
No. 5. Chanson de Mer
Karine Deshayes
00:02:23

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

10
No. 6. Vitrail
Karine Deshayes
00:03:51

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

11
No. 7. Pitié des choses
Karine Deshayes
00:03:39

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

12
No. 8. Dans la rue, le soir
Karine Deshayes
00:01:52

Henri Marteau, Composer - Karine Deshayes, Artist, MainArtist - Isasi Quartet, Ensemble

(C) 2018 CPO (P) 2018 CPO

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Poor Henri Marteau... Born in 1874 to a French father and a German mother, in a time when, after the war of 1870 and the loss of Alsace-Lorraine, the hatred between the two countries was still intense. He made an early start as a violinist early, and at the age of ten he stood in for his teacher at short notice, at a big concert in Reims, where he gave a perfect rendition of a Vieuxtemps concerto. Shortly after, he made his début in London and Vienna, conducted by Hans Richter, and crossed paths with Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Busoni, Dvořák, Nielsen, Grieg, Reger and many other great musicians of his day, with whom he would give many concerts. He received recognition in 1908 when he followed Joachim into the Berlin Conservatory. But 1914 came roaring in, and Marteau – an officer in the French reserves! – found himself sent to live in deepest Germany, forbidden from performing, and, worse still, taken by the French for a German spy. After the Great War, he took Swedish citizenship, continuing to perform in Germany in the Conservatories of Leipzig and Dresden, but his glory days as an instrumentalist were behind him and he passed away in 1934. His work itself suffered from the horrors of war, as the majority of his works only existed in manuscript form, and many were lost. But his quartets survived because they were often performed during his lifetime and therefore were widely published and circulated. The Second Quartet given here, probably written in 1905, highlights the musical link that joined Marteau to Reger: robust chromatism, constant counter-punctual charge, intensely rich polyphonies, even if the slightly excessive spirit in the French style proves that this could only be a work by Marteau. As for the Eight melodies for mezzo-soprano and string quartet, sung here by Karine Deshayes, accompanied by the Isasi Quartet, they date back to his internal exile in Germany, or his exile in Sweden, in the period 1915-17. For a long time they were thought to have been lost, but after a century they were finally published, in 2016! As a little raspberry blown by the composer, he chose to write his lyrics in... French. They also have a rather French melodic and harmonic charge, with a few accents that would have been very much at home in a piece by Debussy. Either way, these works are a pleasure to discover, especially given the quality of the performances on this record. © SM/Qobuz

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