Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets - Piano Trios (EUR)

Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets - Piano Trios (EUR)
Composer Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel
Artist Carmina Quartet
Jacques Rouvier piano
Jean-Jacques Kantorow violin
Philippe Müller cello
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 8200
EAN code 5029365820028
Release January 2007

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About this release

Both Ravel and Debussy wrote just one string quartet and one piano trio. Both string quartets have been, unusual not to say bold at the time, and still are fascinating examples of the intricate art of writing for four string instruments.

Debussy’s early trio partly is a reconstruction and recomposition premiered as late as 1985. It was written by an 18 year old composer and shows all the signs of his French roots – including his teacher César Franck - and hardly any premonitions of his future style.

Ravel’s slightly academic sounding trio also reflects the influence of his teacher, André Gedalgé.

With Fauré’s Piano Trio added as a bonus this sets gives an interesting overview of French chamber music around the turn of 20th century and during its first decades.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: Animé et très décidé
  2. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: Assez vif et bien rythmé
  3. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: Andantino, doucement expressif
  4. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10: Très modéré
  5. String Quartet in F Major: Allegro moderato, très doux
  6. String Quartet in F Major: Assez vif, très rythmé
  7. String Quartet in F Major: Très lent
  8. String Quartet in F Major: Vif et agité

Disk 2

  1. Piano Trio in G Minor: Andantino con moto allegro
  2. Piano Trio in G Minor: Scherzo-Intermezzo: moderato con allegro
  3. Piano Trio in G Minor: Andante espressivo
  4. Piano Trio in G Minor: Finale, appassionato
  5. Piano Trio in A Minor: Modéré
  6. Piano Trio in A Minor: Pantoum
  7. Piano Trio in A Minor: Passacaille
  8. Piano Trio in A Minor: Final, animé
  9. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: Allegro
  10. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: Andantino
  11. Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120: Andante vivo