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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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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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Nov 20, 2021
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BROADCAST: BBC Radio 3
Nov 5, 2021
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Placement on Mainpage of Highresaudio
Nov 5, 2021
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Banner and album cover on Classical Site of Highresaudio
Nov 10, 2021
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Debussy's String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Impressionismus" in Germany and other countries (#4-7/50)
Nov 8, 2021
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Rivier's String Quartet No. 2 in F Major was added to iTunes and Apple Music Playlist "Moderne und Postmoderne" in Germany and other countries (#4-6/50)
Nov 5, 2021
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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: Klassische Musik" in Germany and other countries (#26/100)
Dec 1, 2021
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jpc-courier 12/2021: new releases of the month
Nov 9, 2021
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Süddeutsche Zeitung
Vor lauter Bescheidenheit und Redlichkeit einfach vergessen
Nov 1, 2021
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Note 1 music: new releases (November / December 2021)
Oct 22, 2021
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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 "Moderne und Postmoderne" in Germany and other countries (#2/50)
Oct 22, 2021
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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)
Oct 22, 2021
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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)
Oct 8, 2021
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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)
Oct 8, 2021
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Debussy's third movement "Andantino, doucement expressif" from String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 10 was added to Spotify's playlist "Classical New Releases - Spotify Picks" from 8th until 14th October (#25/75)
Sep 24, 2021
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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)
Sep 24, 2021
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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)
Sep 10, 2021
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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)
Sep 10, 2021
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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)
Sep 6, 2021
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Concert announcements "Zyklus M"
Aug 27, 2021
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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)
Aug 27, 2021
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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)
Aug 27, 2021
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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)
Aug 24, 2021
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Andantino quasi allegretto" from String Quartet No. 1 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists
Aug 24, 2021
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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
Aug 24, 2021
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Jean Rivier's first movement "Moderato e grazioso" from String Quartet No. 2 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists
Aug 24, 2021
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Jean Rivier's third movement "Andante espressivo" from String Quartet No. 1 was pitched for different Curated Classical Playlists
Aug 9, 2021
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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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