Debussy and Ravel String Quartets
Debussy and Ravel String Quartets. Borodin Quartet: Rostislav Dubinsky, Yaroslav Alexandrov, violins; Dmitry Shebalin, viola; and Valentin Berlinsky, cello. (Chandos 9980)
The Ravel and Debussy string quartets have been frequently paired on albums and concerts over the years. Both works are seemingly parallel masterpieces. Neither Debussy nor Ravel, young men when they wrote their monumental chamber works within ten years of one another, wrote another string quartet. While the pieces share similar pizzicato scherzo movements and have sensual slow movements with delicate string texture, each also bears the distinctive voice of its composer. The Borodin Quartet was originally founded in 1945 and the personnel remained unchanged from 1953 until 1974. These phenomenal players came together at the Moscow Conservatory from different regions of the Soviet Union, and they achieved international recognition very quickly. The latest in Chandos' series of digitally remastered rare recordings of the Borodin Quartet, this CD is a must-have for anyone wanting to hear these beautiful quartets performed by one of the greatest string quartets of the 20th century. The sound quality is magnificent. The playing is wonderful. A rewarding experience for any listener.
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