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European Impressionism

Quartets by Ravel,
Debussy and Saint-Saëns -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'[Quatuor Modigliani] attack it with some vehemence.'

Quatuor Modigliani - Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Ravel. © 2012 mirare

Two composers repeatedly appearing cheek by jowl on chamber music CDs are Frenchman Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Basque Maurice Ravel (1875-1937); both men wrote a solitary highly regarded string quartet and each was regarded as a proponent of European Impressionism.

Musically these two differed significantly -- take for instance Debussy's La Mer (1903-05) compared with Ravel's Ma mère l'oye (1910-1911). The older composer creates his sound imagery with washes of orchestral light and colour. Ravel's nursery piano suite, amended for orchestra, proceeds with luminous pointillism...

Copyright © 9 April 2013 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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QUATUOR MODIGLIANI - DEBUSSY, SAINT-SAËNS AND RAVEL

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

MAURICE RAVEL

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

HARMONIA MUNDI

FRANCE

CHAMBER MUSIC

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