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String Quartets

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Disc: 1

  1. String Quartet in D major, M. 9: Poco lento - Allegro
  2. String Quartet in D major, M. 9: Scherzo. Vivace
  3. String Quartet in D major, M. 9: Larghetto
  4. String Quartet in D major, M. 9: Finale. Allegro molto
  5. String quartet in C minor, Op. 35 (completed by D'Indy): Gaiement et pas trop vite


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MD&G Records
  • ASIN: B000FJHE5U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Based in Antwerp, the Spiegel Quartet is a Flemish ensemble which performs largely on 18th Century Belgian instruments. The Spiegel ensemble possesses a very fine string technique coupled not only with an unique insight into, but moreover with a palpable affinity towards Fin-de-Siècle Franco-Belgian chamber music.

MDG's recorded soundscape is superb in terms of depth gradation, dynamics, and natural tone--achieved without modification, manipulation, reverberation, nor filtration.

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The Spiegel opens the Franck Quartet with a very measured tempo whereby the first violin sweetly sings the malt-syrupy main theme over the ensemble's droning organ-like pedal point. The malty melody is then passed over to be repeated by the cello via reverse osmosis with the high-strings backing.
This opening statement of `le thème générateur' is presented with marvellous contrast to the ensuing minor-key episode which, nevertheless, tosses the main melody about in midair, keeping it in a Schillerian-Nietzschean fugato free-play ('Spieltrieb') of ideation.
The Spiegel's expansive breath of expression--(they take the Allegro as a virtual Andantino)--lends clarity to the complexity of this first movement, the duration of which is certainly the longest of available Franck Quartet recordings.

The skittish Scherzo features gossamer filigree in a mischievous, somewhat macabre, zigzagging melody relieved with a barcarolle Trio.
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