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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Chamber Music - Released September 27, 2019 | Warner Classics

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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday with the entire world in 2020, the Carnegie Hall chose the French ensemble the Ébène Quartet to perform Beethoven’s Quatuors in their entirety. Honoured by this prestigious invitation, the four musicians decided to prolong this exceptional moment by playing this globally recognised music around the world, on all five continents in seven concerts between April 2019 and January 2020. The intellectual and emotional strength of Beethoven’s opus remains a force to be reckoned with, a humanist vector carried by the spirit of the Enlightenment. Over the course of this fantastic journey, the Ébène Quartet will record the quatuors in concerts given in Vienna, Philadelphia, Tokyo, São Paulo, Melbourne, Nairobi and Paris, their home ground. A film crew will follow the musicians on their world tour and will thereafter produce a documentary. The first milestone of this Beethoven around the World journey makes up this album, and was recorded in June 2019 in the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus. It contains the first two Razumovsky Quatuors, performed in the very city where they were composed in 1806. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 6, 2008 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 5, 2011 | Warner Classics

Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica
Since its debut CD of Haydn quartets in 2006, Quatuor Ebène has continued to produce recordings of distinction and outstanding individuality. Between its first CD and this 2011 release of Mozart quartets, the group has demonstrated its versatility with recordings of Bartók, Brahms, the Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré quartets (which won a Gramophone Record of the Year Award), and a crossover album of jazz arrangements of popular songs. The Mozart album, which includes two quartets and a divertimento, offers further evidence of the quartet's considerable gifts. The most striking element in this performance is the variety of textures and colors the players draw from their instruments. Their broad timbral spectrum highlights and gives drama to the contours of the musical journey of each movement. In the opening movement of the Quartet in D minor, K. 421, for instance, the piercing, golden brilliance of the second phrase comes like a lightning bolt after the gauzy, spectral stillness of the first phrase; who needs an orchestra when four players can produce this kind of striking timbral and textural contrast? Another distinguishing mark of the quartet is the sensitivity of the phrasing. Even when the lower instruments are in a clearly accompanimental role, their lines are shaped with such deft nuance that they would hold a listener's rapt attention even without the featured solo of the first violinist. The members play with exceptional attentiveness to each other and to details of the composer's intentions. Each has gorgeous tone and their blend is seamless. The title of the album, Dissonances, should not frighten away traditionalists; it refers to the C major Quartet, K. 465, the introduction to whose first movement was harmonically daring at the time of its composition, but which is unlikely to sound surprising to 21st century ears. Virgin's sound is clean, open, and detailed. © TiVo
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Classical - Released April 21, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 5, 2011 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 24, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 10, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 17, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 1, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released May 15, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 3, 2020 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 25, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released November 7, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Chamber Music - Released October 2, 2005 | Mirare

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Classical - Released April 21, 2014 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 8, 2016 | Erato - Warner Classics

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Recording Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D. 956, is a major achievement for most string players, and Quatuor Ebène's performance with cellist Gautier Capuçon on Erato is a high point in their discography. Playing with great transparency and alertness, the quintet delivers a vital performance that captures the rarefied, almost mystical quality of Schubert's late masterpiece while maintaining a sense of urgency and, at times, explosive energy. This is to be expected of a world-class string quartet, and it's probably more than enough effort for a single CD. Yet the program continues with a set of five of Schubert's lieder, sung by baritone Matthias Goerne and accompanied by Quatuor Ebène and double bassist Laurène Durantel, in arrangements by Raphaël Merlin. These versions for voice and strings were conceived in the spirit of the Schubertiades, on the idea that string players likely were in attendance and eager to join Schubert in impromptu music-making. While these transcriptions are speculative, they are certainly enjoyable for their beautiful tone and subdued feeling, and Goerne sings with warmth and expressiveness to match the subtle moods of the arrangements. © TiVo
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Chamber Music - Released October 25, 2007 | Mirare

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Erato - Warner Classics

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