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Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets / Emerson String Quartet


Release Date: 09/19/1995 
Label:  Dg Masters Catalog #: 445509   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Eugene DruckerPhilip SetzerLawrence DuttonDavid Finckel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emerson Quartet. DG 445 509.

The Emersons emphasize refinement and continuity in their account of the Debussy quartet, suggesting not so much a sensuous wash of color as the subtle fusion of light and shade. Impeccably played, with a subdued intensity that hints at passion without yielding to paroxysms, the reading shows just how well crafted this music really is. The treatment of Ravel’s suave, delightful work is wonderfully energetic and full of panache; the unapologetically hedonistic writing elicits an appropriately warm, sensuous sound from the ensemble, and sparks fly in the finale. Recorded in 1984, this is as fine a coupling of these works as any that can be found in the catalog. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Eugene Drucker (Violin), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
David Finckel (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 24 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  David Finckel (Cello), Philip Setzer (Violin), Lawrence Dutton (Viola),
Eugene Drucker (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Emerson String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1984 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 1. Animé et très décidé
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé)
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 3. Andantino doucement expressif
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 4. Très modéré - Très mouvementé - Très animé
String Quartet in F major (1903): 1. Allegro moderato. Très doux
String Quartet in F major (1903): 2. Assez vif. Très rythmé
String Quartet in F major (1903): 3. Très lent
String Quartet in F major (1903): 4. Vif et agité

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