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Philips 50 - Debussy, Ravel / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464699   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Paolo BorcianiElisa PegreffiPiero FarulliFranco Rossi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These excellent performances remain among the finest available. The Quartetto Italiano differentiates the two works nicely: the Debussy passionate and warmly expressive, the Ravel crisply virtuosic and luminously beautiful. Sonically, though, there have always been problems, at least in every CD transfer I have heard, including this one. On LP, the disc had a notable brilliance and vivid sense of detail. Transferred to the digital medium, though, the sound comes up airless and harsh, with the microphones placed far too close to the players. The very high recording level only exacerbates the situation, limiting the dynamic range and robbing the performances of a degree of subtlety and nuance. While not serious enough to preclude a Read more recommendation--this remains pretty spectacular playing by one of the 20th century's great quartets--it's a pity that these flaws weren't better addressed for this reissue, as they surely could have been.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Paolo Borciani (Violin), Elisa Pegreffi (Violin), Piero Farulli (Viola),
Franco Rossi (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  Vevey, Switzerland 
Length: 26 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Paolo Borciani (Violin), Elisa Pegreffi (Violin), Piero Farulli (Viola),
Franco Rossi (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1965 
Venue:  Vevey, Switzerland 
Length: 29 Minutes 49 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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