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Dawn To Dusk

Avalon String Quartet

Maruice Ravel, Leos Janacek

SKU: 14898

Year of release: 2000

String Quartet F Major 27:32
1. Allegro Moderato Maruice Ravel 08:17
2. Très Rythmé Maruice Ravel 06:04
3. Très Lent Maruice Ravel 08:06
4. Vif Et Agité Maruice Ravel 05:04
String Quartet No. 2 - Intimate Letters 24:03
5. Andante Leos Janacek 05:51
6. Adagio Leos Janacek 05:45
7. Moderato Leos Janacek 05:10
8. Allegro Leos Janacek 07:15
Total time: 51:36

About this album

The title ‘Dawn to Dusk’ represents some of the contrast between the two works: Ravel’s string quartet can be seen as his first substantial musical statement, while Janácek completed the quartet ‘Intimate Letters’ only a few months before his death. Maurice Ravel wrote only one string quartet, but it is one that dramatically expanded the coloristic boundaries of the genre. Completed in 1903, while Ravel was still a student, he dedicated the work to his teacher, Gabriel Fauré. Over time, Ravel’s quartet has become known as one of the most innovative and vibrantly dynamic quartets in the repertoire.
The opening statement of the first movement is deceptively simple: an easy ‘walking’ theme, even and balanced, that sets the mood for the entire movement. The second theme, played in octaves by the violin and viola, expresses a poignant, hushed sense of longing. What makes Ravel’s style so poetic is this constant sense of veiled statement, similar to the indirect statement of metaphors in poetry. The second movement’s ternary form is marked by the use of pizzicati in the outer sections, a choice that is certainly inspired by the Debussy string quartet.

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Reviews

Los Angeles Times

(…) the Avalon’s dramatic, charged-up performances speak for themselves. The Ravel has tonal transparency, heart and plenty of subtle shadings that give may to some unexpexted wildness in the Finale (…)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterPrism 24 bit / Genex Recorder
Recording DateApril 2000
Recording LocationResnswoude - The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording Engineerjared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks