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The second part of the Mandelring Quartett’s recording project dedicated to French repertoire juxtaposes the “classic” Debussy with an almost forgotten composer of the following generation: Jean Rivier. His two string quartets, the first of which is recorded here for the first time, are a discovery: masterfully composed, passionate and extraordinarily varied.more

Claude Debussy | Jean Rivier

The second part of the Mandelring Quartett’s recording project dedicated to French repertoire juxtaposes the “classic” Debussy with an almost forgotten composer of the following generation: Jean Rivier. His two string quartets, the first of which is recorded here for the first time, are a discovery: masterfully composed, passionate and extraordinarily varied.

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​The Mandelring Quartett's latest double release is dedicated to French repertoire. The first CD, released in April 2021, presents Maurice Ravel's ground-breaking string quartet and the equally colourful one by his contemporary Fernand de La Tombelle. This second release juxtaposes Claude Debussy's quartet with Jean Rivier's two companion works rooted in neoclassicism - an exciting combination!

The immense variety of colours in Claude Debussy's opus 10 continues to fascinate to this day. Paul Dukas compared the unusual harmonies to a "splendid, artfully patterned tapestry"; chromaticisms and whole-tone scales, echoes of Javanese gamelan music, pizzicato and playing with mutes envelop the work in a shimmering cloak of sound.

This quartet repertoire "classic" is followed by a premiere recording of the first of Jean Rivier's two string quartets. The composer, born in 1896 and dying in 1987, led an inconspicuous life, "no scandals, no pompous titles", as a magazine article from 1972 put it. Perhaps that is why his name is largely unknown today, even though his compositions were successful early on. He wrote more than 200 works in almost all genres, and although he remained committed to a neoclassical aesthetic throughout his life, his oeuvre is extremely diverse and varied. This is also reflected in the two quartets written in 1924 and 1940. Rivier's works are characterised by a masterly sense of architecture and complex contrapuntal textures, rich in contrasts and strong emotions. According to the music commentator Paul Landormy, writing in 1943, "Jean Rivier enchants us, touches us, moves us [...]. Sometimes, however, he grips us hard, shakes us, oppresses us, and we are forced to yield to his almost tyrannical will. Let us not complain. No art will give us as much as that which so subdues us."

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Fono Forum
Fono Forum | Januar 2022 | Norbert Hornig | January 1, 2022 KRITIKER-UMFRAGE 2021
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Debussys Quartett-Klassiker in spannender Kombination mit den Streichquartetten von Jean Rivier (1896-1987). Ein Fest für neugierigeMehr lesen

Debussys Quartett-Klassiker in spannender Kombination mit den Streichquartetten von Jean Rivier (1896-1987). Ein Fest für neugierige Kammermusik-Enthusiasten.
Debussys Quartett-Klassiker in spannender Kombination mit den Streichquartetten von Jean Rivier (1896-1987). Ein Fest für neugierige

Rhein-Main Magazin | 01/22 | Sebastian Laux | January 1, 2022

Die aktuelle Doppelveröffentlichung des Mandelring Quartetts widmet sich französischem Repertoire. Die erste CD, erschienen im April 2021,Mehr lesen

Die aktuelle Doppelveröffentlichung des Mandelring Quartetts widmet sich französischem Repertoire. Die erste CD, erschienen im April 2021, präsentiert Maurice Ravels bahnbrechendes Streichquartett und das gleichermaßen farbenprächtige seines Zeitgenossen Fernand de La Tombelle. Im zweiten Teil seines Aufnahmeprojekts mit französischer Musik stellt das Mandelring Quartett den „Klassiker“ Debussy einem fast vergessenen Komponisten der folgenden Generation gegenüber: Jean Rivier. Seine beiden Streichquartette, von denen das erste hier zum ersten Mal eingespielt wurde, lohnen die Entdeckung: meisterhaft komponiert, leidenschaftlich und außerordentlich abwechslungsreich!
Die aktuelle Doppelveröffentlichung des Mandelring Quartetts widmet sich französischem Repertoire. Die erste CD, erschienen im April 2021,

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Mit „französischem Repertoire“ im Doppelpack, wie es die Booklets recht nüchtern ausweisen, widmet sich das Neustadter Mandelring Quartett inMehr lesen

Mit „französischem Repertoire“ im Doppelpack, wie es die Booklets recht nüchtern ausweisen, widmet sich das Neustadter Mandelring Quartett in zwei überragenden Neueinspielungen des Jahres 2021 dem Musikschaffen des Nachbarlands. Und widmet sich neben den bekannten Namen auch zwei weitgehend unbekannten Komponisten des Fin de Siècle. […]
Mit „französischem Repertoire“ im Doppelpack, wie es die Booklets recht nüchtern ausweisen, widmet sich das Neustadter Mandelring Quartett in

www.musicweb-international.com
www.musicweb-international.com | Tuesday December 14th | Roy Westbrook | December 14, 2021 | source: http://www.music... A very fine account of the Debussy, and with fascinating unfamiliar couplings

The Mandelring Quartet's previous release paired the famous and the obscure in French repertoire, coupling Ravel's quartet with the one by hisMehr lesen

The Mandelring Quartet's previous release paired the famous and the obscure in French repertoire, coupling Ravel's quartet with the one by his contemporary Fernand de La Tombelle. This second release of French repertoire offers Debussy's quartet and both of Jean Rivier's works in the medium, the first of them in a world premiere recording.

Jean Rivier wrote more than two hundred works in most genres, including eight symphonies and an opera. His style has been described as neoclassical, although some passages of his quartets could equally well be called neo-impressionist. There is only occasional, slight harmonic acerbity to modern ears, and a good variety of texture. The two quartets will appeal to anyone who enjoys the Ravel, Debussy or Fauré quartets, and given they are from 1924 and 1940, they are in a fairly conservative idiom.

Rivier’s First String Quartet opens beguilingly with a single string line, the others enter with complementary lines and soon we have an attractive quartet texture. With a fierce unison around 1:35 there begins a more rhythmically emphatic passage. Things now move on quickly until what I take to be the second subject at 3:20 arrives is restrained and simple. These materials make a convincing start to a sonata structure with a compelling sense of direction. The second movement has much pizzicato (as in the Debussy and Ravel equivalent movements) and, although the other three movements have the conventional Italian initial markings, this is marked Assez vif et très rhythmé, - the same as the scherzo in Ravel’s quartet, itself a reference to Debussy’s Assez vif et bien rhythmé. There is though rather more lyrical music in Rivier’s piece than that expression mark suggests. An Andante espressivo slow movement follows, then the finale has plenty of rhythmic life before a slow fade concludes an attractive work.

That first work in the quartet genre is very professional in its craft. Rivier was in his late twenties when he wrote it, and still a student as his studies were delayed by service in the Great War and years of subsequent convalescence from the effects of a 1918 gas attack which killed all his comrades in the column. The Second Quartet might have been affected by wartime also, coming in 1940 and apparently using the word “violent” several times as an expression mark. Nonetheless it opens in a lyrical fashion that draws the listener in, and the first movement again has plenty of rhythmic and textural interest. The Lento second movement is restless and generates considerable intensity in its dissonant moments. The finale carries on in this vain and packs a lot of fast-changing musical incident into its five-and-a-half minutes. The booklet note writer is reminded of Bartok, and I can hear why. No.2 is recognisably by the same composer as No.1, but one who now has shed much of the influence of his great French predecessors. Although I had never heard this music before, I find it hard to imagine better performances than the Mandelring Quartet provide here, as they sound so sympathetic and committed to these works.

Their performance of the Debussy Quartet has all the same qualities, as well as careful balance, blend and sensitivity to mood. They are also very accurate and attentive to the details in the score. In the first movement every switch between p, pp, crescendo and forte is observed, and illustrates how important precise attention to the dynamics are in this music. In the second movement the pizzicati are always together - no accidental “strumming” effect. The lovely slow movement is properly doucement espressif, that “sweet expressiveness” never tipping over into sentimentality, in part because the tempo is a flowing one, with no indulgence in passing beauties. Thus they complete in 6:37 a movement for which the much-praised Ebène Quartet take 8:18. But the Mandelring tempo feels just right, never rushed, the long fade at the end (aussi pp que possible) exquisitely poised.

But it is likely that purchaser of this disc might well have one or more recordings of the Debussy and will be more curious about the Rivier works. Suffice to say that those pieces, while not quite of the same calibre as the finest French quartets, are well worth getting to know, especially the first of them. And you can be sure that you will also get a fine account of the Debussy. The sound is very good, and the booklet notes as helpful as the format allows.
The Mandelring Quartet's previous release paired the famous and the obscure in French repertoire, coupling Ravel's quartet with the one by his

Der neue Merker
Der neue Merker | 12.12.2021 | Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger | December 12, 2021 | source: https://onlineme... Weltersteinspielung des Ersten Quartetts von Jean Rivier

Das Mandelring Quartett [...] spielt die drei Stücke mit stets schlankem Ton ausdrucksvoll, transparent, liebevoll ornamentiert, bei aller individuellen Kante der vier Solisten von einem bewundernswerten Miteinander im temporeichen Ballwechsel der Stimmen getragen. Das Quartett hat mit diesem Album einen weiteren Coup aus kluger Programmatik und Entdeckerfreude gelandet. Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Das Mandelring Quartett [...] spielt die drei Stücke mit stets schlankem Ton ausdrucksvoll, transparent, liebevoll ornamentiert, bei aller individuellen Kante der vier Solisten von einem bewundernswerten Miteinander im temporeichen Ballwechsel der Stimmen getragen. Das Quartett hat mit diesem Album einen weiteren Coup aus kluger Programmatik und Entdeckerfreude gelandet.

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Süddeutsche Zeitung | 8. November 2021, Klassikkolumne | Julia Spinola | November 8, 2021 | source: https://www.sued... Vor lauter Bescheidenheit und Redlichkeit einfach vergessen
Und nun wiederentdeckt: Das "Mandelring Quartett" stellt Jean Rivier neben Debussy, Shani Diluka widmet sich Proust. Dazu Neues von "Quatuor Hanson" und Romain Nosbaum

Rivier scheint zu jenen ernsthaften, aber unauffälligen Künstlern jenseits allen Glamours und aller Moden gezählt zu haben, die vor lauter Bescheidenheit und Redlichkeit einfach vergessen wurden. In den Musikern des Mandelring Quartetts hat er passionierte Anwälte.Mehr lesen

Aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen dürfen wir ihnen diese Rezension leider nicht zeigen!
Rivier scheint zu jenen ernsthaften, aber unauffälligen Künstlern jenseits allen Glamours und aller Moden gezählt zu haben, die vor lauter Bescheidenheit und Redlichkeit einfach vergessen wurden. In den Musikern des Mandelring Quartetts hat er passionierte Anwälte.

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Debussy & Rivier: String Quartets
article number: 97.710
EAN barcode: 4022143977106
price group: BCA
release date: 5. November 2021
total time: 66 min.

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Jean Rivier's first movement "Andantino quasi allegretto" from String Quartet No. 1 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "The A-List: Classical" in the USA and other countries (#3/50)
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Andantino quasi allegretto" from String Quartet No. 1 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Neu in: Klassische Musik" in Germany and other countries (#60/99)
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Debussy's third movement "Andantino, doucement expressif" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Neu in: Klassische Musik" in Germany and other countries (#69/100)
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Moderato e grazioso" from String Quartet No. 2 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Neu in: Klassische Musik" in Germany and other countries (#91/100)
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Moderato e grazioso" from String Quartet No. 2 was added to Spotify's playlist "Classical New Releases - Spotify Picks" from 24th until 30th September (#64/80)
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Jean Rivier's third movement "Andante espressivo" from String Quartet No. 1 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Neu in: Klassische Musik" in Germany and other countries (#60/100)
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Jean Rivier's third movement "Andante espressivo" from String Quartet No. 1 was added to Spotify's playlist "Classical New Releases - Spotify Picks" from 10th until 16th September (#44/57)
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Debussy's second movement "Assez vif et bien Rythmé" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to Spotify's playlist "Classical New Releases - Spotify Picks" from 27th August until 2nd September (#25/60)
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Debussy's second movement "Assez vif et bien Rythmé" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Neu in: Klassischer Musik" in Germany and other countries (#75/100)
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Debussy's second movement "Assez vif et bien Rythmé" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "The A-List: Classical" in the USA and other countries (#12/50)
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Andantino quasi allegretto" from String Quartet No. 1 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists
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Debussy's third movement "Andantino, doucement expressif" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists
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Debussy's second movement "Assez vif et bien Rythmé" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists

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