French string quartet known for its classical and jazz repertoire. Winner of several competitions, its 2009 Haydn CD won Gramophone and ECHO Klassik prizes.
Quatuor EbèneApr. 10, 2011
Pierre Colombet - violin           Mathieu Herzog - viola
Gabriel Le Magadure - violin           Raphaël Merlin - cello

This versatile French quartet, known equally for its classical and jazz repertoire, studied extensively with the Ysaÿe quartet in Paris, rising to prominence in 2004 with the prestigious ARD International Competition in Munich and 5 additional prizes. The next year it won the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s Belmont Prize, and the Foundation generously arranged to have the quartet outfitted with several unique Italian instruments, on loan from private owners. Now internationally renowned, the members were chosen to take part in the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Foundation, which sponsored their first critically acclaimed live recording of works by Haydn and a CD devoted to Bartók. The Quartet performs worldwide in prestigious concert halls, and in 2009 was featured as part of Wigmore Hall’s Haydn Cycle. Their CD released that year was awarded Recording of the Year by Gramophone and Chamber Music Record of the Year by ECHO Klassik.

LMMC debut.

PROGRAMME:

RAVEL          String Quartet in F major (1903)
   
                            Allegro moderato
                               Assez vif - Très rythmé
                               Très lent
                               Vif et agité
   
FAURÉ          String Quartet in E minor, Opus 121 (1924)
                              
Allegro moderato
                               Andante
                               Finale: Allegro

DEBUSSY     String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10 (1893)

                              Animé et très decidé
                              Assez vif et bien rythmé
                              Andantino, doucement expressif
                              Très moderé - Très mouvementé et avec passion

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