Ravel, Fauré: String Quartets

Ravel, Fauré: String Quartets

by Ad Libitum Quartet
     
 

Maurice Ravel's popular string quartet is paired with his teacher Gabriel Fauré's far lesser-known quartet on this impressively nuanced and richly detailed recording by Romania's Ad Libitum Quartet. The musicians capture the youthful freshness of Ravel's blossoming melodies with grace and charm, while their precision in the interlocking pizzicatos of the…  See more details below

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Maurice Ravel's popular string quartet is paired with his teacher Gabriel Fauré's far lesser-known quartet on this impressively nuanced and richly detailed recording by Romania's Ad Libitum Quartet. The musicians capture the youthful freshness of Ravel's blossoming melodies with grace and charm, while their precision in the interlocking pizzicatos of the scherzo reveals it as the sort of musical clockwork in which the composer delighted. The invigorating finale is thrilling without being hectic, with the Ad Libitum bringing spine-tingling clarity and unanimity to the insistent tremolos that permeate the movement. Fauré's more delicate quartet -- his final composition, written after he had gone entirely deaf -- is a later development of the refined conversation of his more popular piano quartets and piano quintets, though more solemn in tone. The musicians are just as comfortable with this quiet, elusive music as they are with Ravel's extroverted style, savoring its languorous glow. This budget-priced disc offers a great opportunity to get to know Fauré's valedictory work, with the bonus of a bracing perspective on the Ravel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943472224
catalogNumber:
8554722
Rank:
209449

Tracks

  1. String Quartet in F major  - Maurice Ravel  -  Ad Libitum Quartet
  2. String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121  - Gabriel Fauré  -  Ad Libitum Quartet

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