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Ragazze Quartet

Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig Van Beethoven

SKU: 39317

Year of release: 2017

String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor Opus 13 29:49
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace Felix Mendelssohn 07:57
2. Adagio non lento Felix Mendelssohn 07:37
3. Intermezzo Felix Mendelssohn 04:31
4. Presto-Adagio non lento Felix Mendelssohn 09:44
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor Opus 132 42:16
5. Assai sostenuto-Allegro Ludwig Van Beethoven 09:18
6. Allegro ma non tanto Ludwig Van Beethoven 09:10
7. Molto adagio (‘Holy song of thanksgiving of a healed one to the Deity, in the Lydian mode’) Ludwig Van Beethoven 15:14
8. Alla marcia, assai vivace Ludwig Van Beethoven 02:06
9. Allegro appassionato Ludwig Van Beethoven 06:28

About this album

Ten bananas, eight energy snacks, twelve apples, five bars of chocolate, 32 cups of tea, three scarfs, six jumpers, two jackets, and then, four days later, it’s done: our recorded version of Beethoven’s opus 132 and Mendelssohn’s opus 13. We can hardly believe it.

Two works from the very heart of the string quartet repertoire, and related to one another in a special way. Mendelssohn wrote his string quartet a few months after Beethoven’s death and it clearly shows that he was strongly inspired by Beethoven’s late string quartets, specifically his opus 132. Not just the key but also the form and the thematic material show many resemblances. The two works seem to us to be a diptych; they mirror one another. The reflection isn’t a crystal clear one, but it shows the connection between two heavyweights.

It’s the indescribable greatness and depth of this music which years ago awoke our desire to play quartets and still drives us today. These are works which will never be ‘finished’. They’ll al- ways go on developing and ripening in our minds, to be played as new at each concert.

So it was a really exciting CD to make, and when we were done we would have liked to just start again from the beginning. We sincerely hope you will enjoy the greatness of this music as much as we do.

Ragazze Quartet

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Reviews

Leeuwarder Courant

(...) Hun Spiegel is een aanrader, zowel door het spel als de combinatie van stukken.

De Volkskrant

(...) een warme totaalklank. De galant en fruitig uitgevoerde Mendelssohn overtuigt vooral in de middendelen.

Opus Klassiek

Het Ragazze Quartet, het behoort tot het beste wat wij in huis hebben. Laten we er vooral zuinig op zijn en blijven.

NRC

De Ragazze vangen de oude Beethoven in heldere lijnen en een slanke, maar kernachtige toon. (...) Hoor de rijk resonerende klank van [Mendelssohn's] Adagio-inleiding, compleet met gloedvolle portato-snik in de eerste viool.

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Digital To Analog ConverterHorus
Mastering EquimentPyramix
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Cablesvan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording Format256fs DSD
Analog To Digital ConverterHorus
Recording LocationRenswoude, the Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks