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Ragazze Quartet

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

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 album 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

 

Tracklist

1.
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Adagio - allegro vivace
07:57
2.
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Adagio non Lento
07:37
3.
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Intermezzo
04:31
4.
String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Presto - Adagio non Lento
09:44
5.
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Assai sostenuto-allegro
09:18
6.
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Allegro ma non tanto
09:10
7.
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Molto adagio
15:14
8.
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Alla marcia, assai vivace
02:06
9.
String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Allegro appassionato
06:28

Total time: 01:12:05

Additional information

Label

SKU

39317

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Artists

Composers

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Genres

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Cables

van den Hul

Digital Converters

Hapi

Editing Software

Pyramix

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Room

Grimm LS1

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis

Awards

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Dutch Reformed Church Renswoude, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

256fs DSD

Speakers

Grimm LS1, editing and mastering

Release Date September 15, 2017

Press reviews

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 Handelsblad 4 out of 5

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.

Leeuwarder Courant 5 out of 5

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

Luister (Luister 10) 10 out of 5

Quote [English]: The four string players operate as one instrument, with a rich sound.

Review [Dutch]: Ragazze zijn verrukkelijk op dreef in Mendelssohn (…) De vrijwel vibratoloze samenklanken zijn loepzuiver (…) in Beethoven komt het kwartet met een voldragen interpretatie (…) ze kunnen trots zijn op het resultaat.

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