Debussy/ Ravel: String Quartets

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The Dante Quartet continue their award-winning exploration of the French string quartet with this disc which includes two of the greatest works of this genre.

Both quartets dazzled and disturbed at their first performances. Debussy's fantastic, spiralling variations, resisting orthodox 'development' of ideas, is described as reminiscent of Monet's in recording the variations of light on the facade of Rouen Cathedral. Traditionalist commentators were shocked, but the exotic beauty of the writing excited many, including the young Ravel. Ravel's Quartet is to some extent an hommage to Debussy, but, typically, also a work of startling originality.

Also included is Ravel's Violin Sonata No 2 in G major, an intriguing, jazz-influenced work, energetic but with a darkundertow of pain; written, as Ravel said, with the aim of 'exploring the basic incompatibility of violin and piano'.

'This is a fascinating juxtaposition ... sublime, yet undervalued masterpieces. The Dante Quartet are superb advocates, especially in the Franck, where they are without peer among modern accounts' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is a wonderfully played pairing of perhaps the two greatest of all French string quartets ... it is a measure of the outstanding quality of the Dante Quartet that both works are projected as vividly and immediately as they are. There's such a passionate involvement about their playing, such belief in the music's outstanding qualities ... it's an outstanding disc' (The Guardian)

'This latest disc of Franck and Faure marks the beginning of a new relationship with Hyperion, which could not have begun on a better note' (Daily Telegraph)
Item number CDA67759
Barcode 034571177595
Release date 04/01/2010
Category Romantic
Label Hyperion Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Composers Debussy, Claude
Ravel, Maurice
Conductors Ravel, Maurice
Orchestras Dante Quartet
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