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Despite its name, the Fauré Quartet is not French, but German. At first, I was taken aback by the players’ ‘clipped’, almost military-style treatment of the opening theme in the G minor Quartet K478. However, the approach accords well with the austere style of the performance. Unlike most ensembles, the Fauré Quartet do not offer the long second repeat in the opening movement of either work. In the case of K478, that repeat has the advantage of throwing greater weight onto the coda, where the music reaches a peak of intensity,
But the Fauré Quartet generate such tension at the culmination of the movement’s central development section that it’s easy to understand why the players were reluctant to revisit
the same territory.
These are fine accounts, with playing of a phenomenally high standard.
-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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