Spiegel (Mirror) (2017)

Mendelssohn, Beethoven

Ragazze Quartet

Ten bananas, eight energy snacks, twelve apples, five bars of chocolate, 32 cups of tea, three scarfs, six jumpers, two jackets, and then, four days later, it’s done: our recorded version of Beethoven’s opus 132 and Mendelssohn’s opus 13. We can hardly believe it.

Two works from the very heart of the string quartet repertoire, and related to one another in a special way. Mendelssohn wrote his string quartet a few months after Beethoven’s death and it clearly shows that he was strongly inspired by Beethoven’s late string quartets, specifically his opus 132. Not just the key but also the form and the thematic material show many resemblances. The two works seem to us to be a diptych; they mirror one another. The reflection isn’t a crystal clear one, but it shows the connection between two heavyweights.
It’s the indescribable greatness and depth of this music which years ago awoke our desire to play quartets and still drives us today. These are works which will never be ‘finished’. They’ll al- ways go on developing and ripening in our minds, to be played as new at each concert.

So it was a really exciting album to make, and when we were done we would have liked to just start again from the beginning. We sincerely hope you will enjoy the greatness of this music as much as we do.

-- Ragazze Quartet

 

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Ragazze 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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Spiegel (Mirror) (2017)

Mendelssohn, Beethoven

Ragazze Quartet

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Hapi
Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Room:Grimm LS1
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Dutch Reformed Church Renswoude, The Netherlands
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:256fs DSD
Speakers:Grimm LS1, editing and mastering

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String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Adagio - allegro vivace
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String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Adagio non Lento
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String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Intermezzo
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String Quartet no. 2 in A minor op. 13 - Presto - Adagio non Lento
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String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Assai sostenuto-allegro
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String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Allegro ma non tanto
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String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Molto adagio
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String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Alla marcia, assai vivace
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String Quartet no. 15 in A minor op. 132 - Allegro appassionato
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