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Schulhoff, Dvorak - Cesko

Ragazze Quartet

Schulhoff, Dvorak

SKU: 36815

Year of release: 2015

String Quartet no. 1 15:48
1. Presto con fuoco Schulhoff 02:24
2. allegretto con moto Schulhoff 03:32
3. allegro giocoso alla slovaca Schulhoff 03:01
4. Andante molto sostenuto Schulhoff 06:49
String Quartet no. 13 in G 37:05
5. Allegro moderato Dvorak 09:20
6. Adagio ma non troppo Dvorak 10:39
7. Molto vivace Dvorak 06:13
8. finale - andante sostenuto Dvorak 10:52
Esquisses de Jazz 12:10
9. Rag Schulhoff 02:06
10. Boston Schulhoff 02:54
11. Tango Schulhoff 01:55
12. Blues Schulhoff 01:53
13. Back bottom Schulhoff 01:55
14. Charleston Schulhoff 01:24

About this album

On Cesko we go on a musical journey across Europe to the extraordinary land of Bohemia (popularly known as Cesko, though officially the word actually means Czech), the homeland of two composers we have come to love so much. It doesn’t seem to matter that we hardly know their country: the indescribable energy ofthe music, with its folk melodies and harmonies, revealing the essence of a nation steeped in a deep cultural history, takes us there instantly. These composers are the much celebrated and revered Antonín Dvo?ák, along with the younger and lesser-known Erwin Schulhoff, whose life and career was tragically cut short by the Nazi regime. Both were masters in harnessing the old to the new, fusing a rich musical heritage with the influence of new worlds. Their works take us through the full range of emotions, from the tranquil to the fiery, from the elated to the melancholic. A reflection of human life.

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Reviews

Opus Klassiek

Luister

Katholiek Nieuwsblad

De Telegraaf

(...) Met een breed palet aan expressieve middelen en klankkleuren maken zij Schulhoff’s beeldende Eerste strijkkwartet tot een spannende belevenis. (...)

Music Emotion

SA-CD.net

An adventurous programme of musical contrasts (...) realished to the full by each of the four excellent members of the Ragazze Quartet (...) Ragazze’s performances of the ‘Esquisses de Jazz’ are brilliantly excecuted, full of deadpan humour (...) Jared Sacks’s lustrous 5.0 DSD recording places the four players with startling vividness and positional accuracy across the sound stage, while the surround channels add their ususal ambient glow.

De Volkskrant

Gramophone

(...) keen inflections, luminous textures, and a constent sense of mobility (...) their biggest strenght is an added quota of spontaneity, which keeps ypu constently engaged. (...) The playing throughout is full of character (...) as one-off, innovative all Czech programme, the Ragazze Quartet’s Channel Classics CD is mightly impressive.

Musicframes

(...) opmerkelijke eensgezindheid (...) Het Ragazze Quartet neemt de tijd om het Strijkkwartet no. 13 van Dvorak breed uit te meten en gebruikt de juiste dosering waardoor het werk in diepgang wint. (...) een doortimmerd en indrukwekkend album.

The Guardian (Observer)

The playing of the wittingly named all-female Ragazze Quartet is fresh, light in texture, nimble and just occasionally a little ragged, but always spirited. (...) Dvorák’s ample and high-energy Quartet no 13 in G major completes this exhilarating disc.

The Wholenote

De Gelderlander

Van Dvorák spelen de gedreven jonge vrouwen van het Ragazze Quartet het Eerste Strijkkwartet en Esquisses de Jazz. Vooral die schetsen zijn in deze geconcentreerde bitterzoete aanpak een schot in de roos. Zelfbewust en sexy als nooit tevoren.

Noordhollands Dagblad

De Volkskrant (50 best cd's of 2015, no.32)

Alleen al in de fluitende klank van een flageolettoon vindt het kwartet nuances die lopen van sprookjesachtige spinrag tot elektronisch aandoende synthesizerklank. Samen zetten de strijkers akkoorden neer, alsof hun handen worden bediend door één brein.

Technical Specifications

Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording LocationDeventer Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803d
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D
Cablesvan der Hul