Debussy, Gulda, Puccini: Streichquartette

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
This Gramola album focuses on three string quartets whose individual stature within the musical canon varies, and whose composers wrote only one work for the medium. From Debussy's sweeping string quartet, which is a cornerstone of the quartet literature, to Friedrich Gulda's often overlooked but vivacious and intricate contribution, these compositions are the product of skilled composers. The album's liner notes, however, seem to push for the notion that they were written by lucky, inexperienced children, even going so far as to rhetorically posit whether or not each of them had even completed puberty. As both Puccini and Debussy were already in their 30s, this seems ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
This Gramola album focuses on three string quartets whose individual stature within the musical canon varies, and whose composers wrote only one work for the medium. From Debussy's sweeping string quartet, which is a cornerstone of the quartet literature, to Friedrich Gulda's often overlooked but vivacious and intricate contribution, these compositions are the product of skilled composers. The album's liner notes, however, seem to push for the notion that they were written by lucky, inexperienced children, even going so far as to rhetorically posit whether or not each of them had even completed puberty. As both Puccini and Debussy were already in their 30s, this seems somewhat absurd. A more likely explanation for why these three composers wrote only one string quartet is the genre's relatively limited fashionability in their respective countries. Regardless, these three quartets are indeed quality works, each deserving admiration quality performance. Enter the Acies Quartett. Founded as a student ensemble only as far back as 2000, Acies is already proving itself to be top notch ensemble capable of delivering heartfelt, musically sophisticated performances. Their ability to produce many different tone colors accentuates their clear understanding of Debussy's score while their solid technique shines in the more rigid Gulda quartet. In spite of the relatively short time that the group has played together, they have already found a unified sound quality that is beautifully balanced. All of these positive traits make this album an excellent introduction to these "one hit wonders" of the quartet genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Gramola
  • EAN: 9003643988439
  • Catalog Number: 98843
  • Sales rank: 274,138

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 String Quartet, L. 85 (Op. 10) - Claude Debussy & Acies Quartett (24:24)
  2. 5–7 String Quartet in F sharp minor - Friedrich Gulda & Acies Quartett (18:14)
  3. 6 Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), elegy for string quartet - Giacomo Puccini & Acies Quartett (5:30)
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Acies Quartett Primary Artist
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