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The Summer of the String Quartet – Part Three

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Thread: Summer of the String Quartet
(Still open for your suggestions)

This week's installment of TSotSQ will prinarily feature the Borromeo String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, in some performances from the Tapestry room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

From this group of musicians, we will hear threee quartets by Bartok, Mendelssohn and Debussy, some of which were suggestions from our thread.

Since our musical holidays series travels to France this week, I thought I would add some French content. The Ravel quartet, which was a suggestion by many of you, was featured not too long ago on my Friday blog, and so I provide here a link to my "Internet Chamber Music Recital".

Two other quartets of note: the quartet by Henri Dutilleux, and a movement from the quartet by Gabriel Faure (you can explore further movements from MP3 lemon, but there seems to be a quality issue with the last two movements...)

I was tempted to add an honorable mention this week - Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin des temps, but it is so lengthy, that I shall save it (and the site I found) for a blog post in September.



Claude DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918)
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
[Recommended by Olias - and a few more]
Performed by the Borromeo String Quartet

Béla BARTÓK (1881- 1945)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17
Performed by the Borromeo String Quartet

[Recommended by jurianbai]
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
Performed by the Borromeo String Quartet

Henri DUTILLEUX (*1916)
Ainsi la nuit ("Thus the night") (1976-77)
(More about the work)
Performed by the Belcea Quartet

Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924)
First movement (Allegro moderato) from the String Quartet in E minor, Op. 121
[Recommended by haydnfan]
Performed by the Amati Quartet

July 22 2011, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Séjour musical en France" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read our English and French commentary July 22nd on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.
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Updated Aug-13-2011 at 15:43 by itywltmt (Wrong address for Debussy quartet - fixed it!)

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