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Debussy, Ravel, Kodaly: String Quartets / Melos Quartet

Melos Quartett
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001739402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelZoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of the Debussy and Ravel Quartets

"This present account by the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart is among the finest of their records and is not only superbly played but both beautifully and naturally recorded. Intonation and ensemble are perfect, and they are scrupulous in their observance of dynamic markings. So, speaking personally, it would be my preferred version. The slow movement of the Ravel is quite magical."

-- R.L., Gramophone [10/1987]

"This newcomer strikes me as by far the strongest version to have appeared for many years. The playing of the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart has perfect intonation and ensemble, scrupulous accuracy as far as dynamic nuances are
Read more concerned, a natural sense of flow and great tonal beauty. The slow movement of the Ravel offers the most refined and integrated quartet sound; in terms of internal balance and blend it would be difficult to surpass it, and their reading has great poetry. In both the scherzo and finale, they evince the highest virtuosity. Some of their earlier records, and I think in particular of the Mozart D minor Quartet, K421, have struck me as a shade prosaic in matters of phrasing, though their tonal blend and technical finish was never in doubt. Both the Debussy and the Ravel, however, are unfailingly imaginative. They also have the advantage of excellent recorded balance, which is neither too forward nor too reticent, and which is truthful in matters of timbre as well as perspective."

-- R.L., Gramophone [11/1979]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
2.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 10 by Zoltán Kodály
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918; Hungary 

Sound Samples

String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85: 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
String Quartet no.2, op.10: 1. Allegro
String Quartet no.2, op.10: 2. Andante. Quasi récit. - Allegro giocoso

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent performances. December 9, 2012 By David R. (Westerville, OH) See All My Reviews "A very well played & recorded disc with 2 of the major cornerstones of the French contribution to chamber music along with some not too frequently heard Kodaly. The remastering is excellent, do not hesitate on this one." Report Abuse
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