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Quartetto di Milano - Joachim Raff – String quartets Nos. 2 & 6 (2004)

15-01-2016, 09:56
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Joachim Raff – String quartets Nos. 2 & 6
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Tudor
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
Total Time: 01:07:44
Total Size: 367 Mb


String Quartet № 6 c-moll «Suite älterer Form», op. 192 № 1 (1874).
01. I. Prelude. Larghetto. - Allegro (quasi alla breve) [07:36].
02. II. Minuet. Allegro [04:06].
03. III. Gavotte and Musette. Allegro [03:55].
04. IV. Aria. Largo [06:52].
05. V. Gigue - Finale. Vivace [06:13].

String Quartet № 2 A-dur, op. 90 (1857).
06. I. Rasch, jedoch ruhig [14:28].
07. II. Rasch [07:14].
08. III. Langsam, doch nicht schleppend [08:14].
09. IV. Rasch [08:21].

Quartetto di Milano:
Thomas Wicky-Borner (I violin),
Duccio Beluffi (II violin),
Claudio Pavolini (alto),
Graziano Beluffi (cello).

At some point during this disc, even the most attentive listeners will stop, look around, and think to themselves, "what the devil am I listening to?" A late nineteenth century string quartet, that's certain. From the lightly chromatic harmonic language, it's probably German; from the slightly nostalgic melodic formulas, it's possibly Bruch or, yes, that's it: Raff! Joseph Joachim Raff (1822-1882), the Swiss-German composer whose published oeuvre runs to somewhere past 214 works, was regarded in his time as being in the same league as Wagner and Brahms but has not been treated so kindly by history. More bluntly put, Raff has been nearly entirely forgotten by everyone except the Swiss. This is completely understandable since, as these string quartets prove, Raff's works are completely forgettable. Played with no more than professional commitment by the Quartetto di Milano, Raff's Second and Sixth quartets are well crafted but have nothing to say that hasn't been said before and better. The A major Second Quartet from 1857 is a garden-variety, post-Schumann pre-Brahms work lacking in wit and warmth. The C minor Sixth Quartet, entitled "Suite in Älterer Form" (Suite in old forms), from 1874 is a retrogressive work lacking charm and style. Tudor's sound is clean and comfortable if not particularly immediate.

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tiger   User offline   15 January 2016 19:23

Thanks a lot.

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AltvioolToon   User offline   16 January 2016 21:42

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

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