[ Erato / Warner Classics CD+DVD / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 27 October 2023
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The string quartets of Debussy and Ravel, composed within a decade of each other, make a natural pairing. The Arod Quartet, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023, sets these two belle époque masterpieces in a present-day context with a third work: Al Asr, by the young French composer Benjamin Attahir. The scope of this Erato release is further expanded with a DVD documentary about the Arod Quartet, entitled Ménage à quatre and directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. His first experience of the Arod Quartet was a revelation: "Had I ever heard such sheer strength of attack, such dramatic power, such a variety of sonic colour or dramatic range - all combined with such prodigious delicacy of phrasing?" It was in 2017 that the Arod Quartet gave the premiere of Benjamin Attahir's Al Asr, a substantial work which takes poetic inspiration from the Muslim afternoon prayer and the intense heat of the moment midway between noon and sunset. "Al Asr is dedicated to my wonderful friends in the Quatuor Arod," says Attahir. "They have brought it to life in a way I would never have dared to dream."
CD: 78 minutes DVD: 65 minutes
"Debussy and Ravel each only wrote one string quartet and both compositions enjoy a special place in the chamber music repertoire. The Quator Arod's approach in this beautifully recorded CD highlights a clear understanding of both scores; their unified and seamless playing both compelling and refined. These works are juxtaposed with a contemporary piece; Benjamin Attahir's highly atmospheric Al Asr. With its Muslim influenced melodies it made a perfect foil to the belle époque masterpieces." Tara Jahn-Werner (Marbecks customer)
"I find it hard to decide which I enjoyed more: the performances of the three works or the DVD providing background information about the players and their attitude to their task." BBC Music
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Attahir: Al' Asr
Ravel: String Quartet in F major