Notes and Editorial Reviews
Patrick Langot and the ensemble Syntonia had the opportunity to meet Olivier Greif at the Paris conservatory and dared to create the 4th quartet one month before Olivier Greif's death in 2000. Greif's freedom of composition - open to Elisabethan quotes as well as Beethoven's influence, typical approach of his master Luciano Berio - fascinated Patrick Langot and the Syntonia Ensemble in the Quartet n°2. The Battle of Agincourt for two celli is inspired by Anglican quotes of the XIVe, a ciaccona, a song of the Warsaw gettho and poetry of Keats... From all this material, moving and spiritual pieces take shape. Alain Buet sings in the second quartet Shakespearian sonnets on time passing by, death (which was probably felt by Olivier Greif at
that time) Patrick Langot & Agnès Vesterman - very committed to contemporary music (Nicolas Bacri, Régis Campo & Philippe Forget wrote for them duets) - give birth to this other meditation of death (battle fields of Agincourt (1415) and Warsaw's Ghetto). Read less
Works on This Recording
The Battle of Agincourt by Olivier Greif
Agnès Vesterman (Cello),
Patrick Langot (Cello)
Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 312 by Olivier Greif
Alain Buet (Bass)
Sonata for 2 Cellos, Op. 308, "The Battle of Agincourt": I. Molto lento, quasi cadenza
Sonata for 2 Cellos, Op. 308, "The Battle of Agincourt": II. Chaconne
Sonata for 2 Cellos, Op. 308, "The Battle of Agincourt": III. "Shtil, di nacht is ojsgesternt"
Sonata for 2 Cellos, Op. 308, "The Battle of Agincourt": IV. Rondeau de la "Belle Dame sans Merci!"
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 314: I. Sonnet No. 71: Give Warning to the World
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 314: II. The Prey of Worms
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 314: III. Sonnet No. 73: Frozen Landscape with Reclining Figure, "That Time of Year"
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 314: IV. Intermezzo
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 314: V. Sonnet No. 46: Poor Soul, the Centre of my Sinful Earth
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