Dawn To Dusk

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Tracklist

1.
String Quartet F Major - Allegro Moderato
00:00
2.
String Quartet F Major - Très Rythmé
00:00
3.
String Quartet F Major - Très Lent
00:00
4.
String Quartet F Major - Vif Et Agité
03:04
5.
String Quartet No. 2 - Intimate Letters - Andante
03:52
6.
String Quartet No. 2 - Intimate Letters - Adagio
03:45
7.
String Quartet No. 2 - Intimate Letters - Moderato
03:11
8.
String Quartet No. 2 - Intimate Letters - Allegro
04:36

Description

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.

Additional information

Artists

Recording location

Resnswoude – The Netherlands

Mastering equiment

Sadie Audio system

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Analog to digital converter

Prism 24 bit / Genex Recorder

Recording date

April 2000

Editing

Jared Sacks

Composers

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Recording engineer

jared Sacks

Producer

Jared Sacks

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Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press 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 (…)

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