Haydn, Schubert - Vivere (2013)

Haydn, Schubert, Widmann

Ragazze String Quartet

 This is ‘Vivere’. Not exactly a cheerful disc – all three compositions refer in various ways todeath. This is reflected in the key (D minor is the key of death), in the opposite number of theMaiden, and finally even literally, in the fact that cellist Geneviève ‘dies’ before the end of thealbum. For us, however, to record this dramatic repertoire is to offer an ode to life. ‘Vivere’– for by listening to this sombre music one realises how wonderful life can be. Performed bythe Ragazze Quartet, four young women in the midst of life. 

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Ragazze String Quartet

The Ragazze Quartet is a young, Dutch string quartet, remarkable for its musical enthusiasm, talent,versatility and presentation. Its versatility in particular is unusual within the world of chamber music.The quartet collaborates with and performs alongside composers, other musicians – classical orotherwise – and artists working in a variety of disciplines. In such projects the Ragazze Quartetalways operates from its classical music core, while attempting to attain the ultimate crossover.

The different disciplines are approached entirely equally, but in so doing they complement andelevate one another.The quartet followed the two-year full-time curriculum of the Dutch String Quartet Academy(NSKA). There the members attended masterclasses directed by leading musicians from theinternational string quartet world, as well as lessons from their regular teachers Stefan Metz and MarcDanel. After completing the academy course the quartet was coached for a year by Luc MarieAguera, violinist in the Quatuor Ysaye; this was made possible by the Dutch Kersjes Foundation.In October 2007 the Ragazze Quartet toured Nepal, where, besides giving concerts, they metlocal musicians and shared musical ideas. Immediately after this tour, the Ragazze played in ‘TheDebut’, a concert series in all major Dutch concert halls.In March 2010 the quartet was invited to the Kronos Quartet workshop in New York City.

After an intense week the Ragazze performed several pieces from the Kronos repertoire in Carnegie Hall.The Ragazze Quartet performs regularly at chamber music venues throughout Holland (suchas the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vredenburg Utrecht and Philipszaal The Hague) and abroad (including Paris, Prague, Geneva, Ljubljana and Rio de Janeiro).In 2012 the Ragazze Quartet signed a contract to record three CDs with the renownedChannel Classics label.The instruments played by Geneviève and Jeanita are kindly lent by the National MusicInstruments Foundation. In Haydn’s ‘Fifths’ quartet four classical bows made by Andreas Grutterwere used.

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Haydn, Schubert - Vivere (2013)

Haydn, Schubert, Widmann

Ragazze String Quartet

    Audiophile Audition

The Ragazze Quartet plays with energy and conviction. (...)Both the Haydn and Schubert are very well-played. The Widmann is an interesting curiosity, and some will find it the best tracks on the disc (...)

Audiophile Audition

    De Volkskrant

(...) muzikaal pakken de Ragazze (‘meisjes’) de zaken doortastend aan (...) ze hebben lef (...) Haydn kussen de Ragazze speels tot leven. (...)

De Volkskrant

    AllThingsStrings

Ragazze completely transform Haydn’s Op.76, No.2, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”.They play the rests, they play the expressive markings with unusual fidelity, and they find new breath in themes that are too often rushed or merely stormed through. In Widmann, they are ferocious.

AllThingsStrings

    Opus Klassiek

(...) Gerenommeerde ensembles hebben deze bladzijden talloze malen vereeuwigd, dus wat willen die meiden nou eigenlijk? Ze willen hun gelijk. En dat krijgen ze. Niet door vlekkeloos gladgestreken spel, maar door muziekhonger. (...) U begrijpt het, dit is een ontroerende, provocerende, uitstekend gespeelde, voortreffelijk opgenomen cd. Laat die Ragazze maar lopen.

Opus Klassiek

    Het Parool

het resultaat mag er zijn. (...) ze spelen het mooi licht en stralend. (...)

    Trouw -

Vier meiden en een boel muzikale energie! (...) Opvallend: de gelijkwaardigheid van de strijkers.... kleur en dynamiek worden democratisch uitgewerkt, met goed aanwezige middenstemmen.

Haydn, Schubert - Vivere (2013)

Haydn, Schubert, Widmann

Ragazze String Quartet

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Doopgezinde Kerk, Deventer Holland 2012
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Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Quartet In D Minor, Opus 76, No. 2, Hoboken III_ 76 'Fifths' Quartet _'Quintenquartett' - Allegro
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Quartet In D Minor, Opus 76, No. 2, Hoboken III_ 76 'Fifths' Quartet _'Quintenquartett' - Andante O
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Quartet In D Minor, Opus 76, No. 2, Hoboken III_ 76 'Fifths' Quartet _'Quintenquartett' - Menuetto_
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Quartet In D Minor, Opus 76, No. 2, Hoboken III_ 76 'Fifths' Quartet _'Quintenquartett' - Finale_ Vi
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Quartet In D Minor, D.810, 'Death And Maiden'_'Der Tod Und Das Madchen' - Allegro
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Quartet In D Minor, D.810, 'Death And Maiden'_'Der Tod Und Das Madchen' - Andante
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Quartet In D Minor, D.810, 'Death And Maiden'_'Der Tod Und Das Madchen' - Scherzo_ Allegro Molto
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Quartet In D Minor, D.810, 'Death And Maiden'_'Der Tod Und Das Madchen' - Presto
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Huntig Quartet_Jagdquartett (3rd String Quartet; 2003)
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