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Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets; Fauré / Tokyo Quartet


Release Date: 04/16/1996 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 62413   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude DebussyMaurice RavelGabriel Fauré
Performer:  Joseph SchusterFeri RothAndré Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String QuartetRoth Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Debussy-Ravel axis is the most famous chamber pairing in the catalogue and it would perhaps be easier to note those quartets that don’t pair them together than those that do. The Tokyo Quartet’s recordings date from August 1977 and are now amazingly a quarter of a century old. Little has dated about the performances even if there is a nagging feeling that they, as with other groups, properly fail to distinguish the characters of each work one from another. The tumbling violin lines in the opening of the movement of the Debussy are finely done; they lean into the notes and bend the rhythm of the second movement with phrasal insouciance; they express delicacy and concentration in the Andantino and in the finale are sonorous – violist Read more Kazuhide Isomura especially so. In the Ravel the continuity of mood is captured with cellist Sadao Harada prominent in the tonal balance, particularly in the Assez vif second movement. They are subtle as well as instrumentally sound.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Date of Recording: 1977 
2.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
Date of Recording: 1977 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 120 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Joseph Schuster (Cello), Feri Roth (Violin), André Previn (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roth Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Notes: Composition written: France (1922 - 1923). 

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