Russian Generations 3

RUYSDAEL QUARTET

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

After the successful releases of parts 1 and 2 (being named “CD of the month” by Dutch Radio and a praiseful review in Strad magazine), the Ruysdael Quartet continue their journey with part 3 of their Russian Generations series. The new recor- ding features the third string quartets of Tchaikovsky and Gabriel Prokofiev, as well as the magnificent Sonata for two violins by Sergei Prokofiev.

Tchaikovsky’s third quartet is a rarely-performed masterpiece with one of the most overwhelmingly emotional slow movements the composer ever wrote. This is juxtaposed by Sergei Prokofievs op. 56, a dialogue which alternates between unabashed virtuo- sic one-upmanship and intimate murmurings. Gabriel Prokofiev’s third quartet, like its predecessors, is a thrilling work with a gripping rhythmical drive. Here the instruments are stretched even further to the extremes of their capabilities, creating a fascinating sound world.

The Ruysdael Quartet was formed in 1996. They studied with the Amadeus Quartet, Hagen Quartet, Quatuor Mosaïques and over a two-year period with the Alban Berg Quartet at the “Hochschule für Musik”, Cologne. Since then they have been regularly invited to take part in festivals and masterclasses, resulting in perfor- mances not only in Europe but also in Australia and the USA.

The Ruysdael Quartet received a full scholarship to attend the ‘In- ternational Chamber Music Academy Prague-Vienna- Budapest’ (‘99-’01) where they won the Bela Bartok Prize (1999), the Alban Berg Prize (2000) and the Tomastik-Infeld Prize (2001) with an invitation to make a recording for the Austrian National Radio.

The quartet were winners of the ‘Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition 2000’ in Holland and were awarded the ‘Prix de la SACEM’ at the International String Quartet Com- petition 2001 in Bordeaux. In March 2002 they received the Press Prize and the AVRO Prize in the ‘Vriendenkrans’ compe- tition in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. More recently they were recipients of the prestigious “Kersjes van de Groenekan” Prize, a major musical award in the Netherlands.

Tracklist

1.
Quartet No.3 - Andante sostenuto _ Allegro moderato
16:32
2.
Quartet No.3 - Allegretto vivo e scherzando
04:00
3.
Quartet No.3 - Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto
11:12
4.
Quartet No.3 - Finale. Allegro non troppo e risoluto
05:50
5.
Sonata for Two Violins - Andante cantabile
03:33
6.
Sonata for Two Violins - Allegro
03:02
7.
Sonata for Two Violins - Commodo quasi Allegretto
03:45
8.
Sonata for Two Violins - Allegro con brio
05:08
9.
Quartet No.3 - Swisted
04:12
10.
Quartet No.3 - A-turner
04:55
11.
Quartet No.3 - Andan-lang
03:56
12.
Quartet No.3 - Spesso Fragile
05:42
13.
Quartet No.3 - When-Where Groove
04:30

Total time: 01:16:17

Additional information

Artists

Mastering Engineer

Tom Peeters

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

DCS 904AD / 954 DA

Composers

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Microphones

B&K 4003, modified by Rens Heijnis

Mastering Equipment

KEF Reference series 107

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Producer

Tom Peeters

Recording Engineer

Tom Peeters

Recording location

Renswoude, The Netherlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

COBRA0033

Release Date January 1, 2015
SKU COBRA0033

Press reviews

Opus Klassiek april 2012

Net als in de vorige twee uitgaven valt het zorgvuldig afgewerkte spel van dit kwartet op door de prachtig gedoseerde toepassing van verschillende gradaties van vibrato. Het desolate karakter van het langzame deel van Tsjaikovski’s Derde kwartet, Andante funebre e doloroso, krijgt door het non-vibrato spel van deze musici een extra indringende lading.
Net als de vorige twee afleveringen is deze cd opgenomen voor het label Cobra, en heeft opnameleider en labelchef Tom Peeters voor een doorzichtige, natuurgetrouwe en warme kwartetklank gezorgd.

NRC 16 febr 2012

“Mede dankzij speels en trefzeker spel vervelen de ritmische herhalingen van Gabriel Prokofjev nooit. De Sonate voor twee violen van Sergei Prokofjev krijgt een delicate en detailrijke uitvoering. Maar het kwartet kan ook mooi uitpakken: Tsjaikovski’s Derde strijkkwartet loopt regelmatig over van ongeremde hartstochtelijkheid.”

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