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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

Melos Quartet. Deutsche Grammophon 419-750-2. Reissued.

The Melos players bring superb ensemble and refined tone to their readings, though at times they seem a bit low voltage and foursquare in their phrasing – for example, Debussy’s first movement, marked Animé et très décidé, finds them sounding rather undecided. The works are seen in soft focus, a bit like the starlets of yesteryear who were filmed through cheesecloth. DG provides a similarly lovely, soft-toned recording. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Melos Quartet. Deutsche Grammophon 419-750-2. Reissued.

The Melos players bring superb ensemble and refined tone to their readings, though at times they seem a bit low voltage and foursquare in their phrasing – for example, Debussy’s first movement, marked Animé et très décidé, finds them sounding rather undecided. The works are seen in soft focus, a bit like the starlets of yesteryear who were filmed through cheesecloth. DG provides a similarly lovely, soft-toned recording. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

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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