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Chausson, D'indy: String Quartets / Chilingirian Quartet

Chausson / Chilingirian String Quartet
Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55457   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincent D'IndyErnest Chausson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chilingirian String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernest Chausson's work has become something of a subspecialty for the Chilingirian Quartet: they have recorded two other discs of his chamber works for Hyperion, both (rightfully) highly acclaimed. Of the two works presented here, the Chausson is a particular treat, in both style and substance. Unfortunately, it stands as Chausson's only venture into the genre, and an incomplete one at that: the composer died in 1899 in a strange bicycling accident. Vincent d'Indy completed the third movement, and his efforts seem both hasty and heavy-handed, unintentionally forming a sort of rebuke to the elegance and subtlety that characterizes Chausson's own work. In contrast, D'Indy's first quartet is certainly a finely crafted vehicle, but one in which Read more technical correctness stultifies emotional outpouring.

Still, the Chilingirians' characteristic flair and finesse make for compelling listening. In performing French repertoire from this era, many artists enjoy blurring the contours of the individual musical voices, creating a wash of colors and sonority theoretically meant to highlight the work's "Gallic" qualities (even if, as is the case here, a given composition happens to predate Impressionism). Commendably, the Chilingirians etch each line with stunning clarity, yet they never lose sight of the larger formal picture. The recording's sound is rich and warm, a fine complement to the group's artistic vision.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 35 by Vincent D'Indy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chilingirian String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
Quartet for Strings in C minor, Op. 35 "Inachčve" by Ernest Chausson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chilingirian String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; France 

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